Smoke fills sky following explosion at Scottsburg plastics plant

Smoke fills the sky during fire in Scottsburg

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WAVE) - A fuel tank exploded at an area plastics plant, injuring at least one worker and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air Thursday morning.

Few details were immediately available, but WAVE 3 News has learned the explosion took place just before 10 a.m. at Thomas Plastics near the 800 block of Armory Place in Scottsburg.

The person who was injured was flown to UofL Hospital and is expected to survive.

Crews needed about an hour to extinguish the flames, which were said to be heavy when firefighters first arrived.

Schools in the area were placed on lockdown just to be safe, but no injuries were reported. People in nearby homes and businesses were told to shelter in place. Those restrictions have since been lifted.

It’s not known what caused the explosion.

WAVE 3 News has a crew at the scene. This story will be updated.

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