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Chemical spill prompts evacuations in National City

Evacuations were ordered for homes and businesses on 17th and 18th streets near B Ave. in National City Thursday after a reported chemical spill.

Evacuations were ordered for homes and businesses on 17th and 18th streets near B Ave. in National City Thursday after a reported chemical spill.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- A spill at a business involving water treatment chemicals prompted evacuations in National City Thursday.

Evacuations were ordered for homes and businesses on 17th and 18th streets near B Avenue Thursday after a reported chemical spill.

Emergency crews responded to Prochem Specialty Product in National City around 8:30 a.m.  Around 50 people from nearby businesses were evacuated while an elementary school kept students inside.

The chemical leak involving a barrel of water treatment chemicals let out oxidized gas. It was cleaned up by 11:30 a.m., a police dispatcher said. Evacuation orders were lifted around 11:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported.  The old gym at Sweetwater High School on Highland Avenue was opened for evacuees.