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Chemical spill confirmed in Indiana after witnesses reported feeling chemicals burning their lungs and throats

An area near a chemical plant in the Vigo County city of Terre Haute, Indiana has been evacuated and cordoned off, as witnesses reported feeling chemicals burning their lungs and throats. Officials have confirmed a spill of sulfur dioxide.  Read more.

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