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Chemtool Illinois Facility Explosion and Fire Class Action

On June 14, 2021, an explosion took place at a Rockton, Illinois facility operated by Chemtool Incorporated and the Lubrizol Corporation. The complaint for this class action claims the explosion “result[ed] in an enormous chemical fire that caused a massive toxic smoke and dust plume, visible from more than 100 miles away and detected by weather satellites.” It now asks for damages and injunctive relief for those who lived in the area at the time.

The class for this action is all Illinois residents who lived within a three-mile radius of the Rockton Production Center.

People and equipment were summoned from eighty-nine fire departments to fight the fire. They included an industrial firefighting organization from Louisiana. County authorities proclaimed a disaster emergency.

The complaint alleges that the fire was allowed to burn for a time: “Firefighting authorities did not engage promptly in fire suppression activities because of the risk of environmental harm to the neighboring Rock River, determining that they would allow the materials at the [facility] to burn out before commencing such activities.”

Those living in a one-mile radius of the facility—from some 150 homes—were told to evacuate. The two plaintiffs in this case were among those required to evacuate.

Those living in a three-mile radius were told to wear masks to avoid inhaling the possibly toxic and harmful chemicals, and to stay indoors and not use their air conditioning.

The explosion and fire also spread potentially toxic debris. The complaint alleges that county officials “also directed residents not to touch any of the debris that was deposited onto their properties but to have it removed by professionals experienced in working with hazardous materials, and cautioned residents against using their lawn mowers due to concerns about the composition of particulates that were created by the explosion and fire.”

Rockton residents suffered from respiratory difficulty and a bad smell, their properties were showered with debris, and they were prevented from using their homes and outdoor areas.

The complaint alleges that the companies had dangerous chemicals at the facility, such as lead, antifreeze, nitrogen, and sulfuric acid.

According to the complaint, the companies that operated the facility did not exercise reasonable care to prevent the explosion, smoke, and fire. It claims that the harm was foreseeable and that the companies should have known they would occur.

The complaint asks for “damages and injunctive relief under Illinois common law nuisance, negligence, and trespass.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Trespass

Most Recent Case Event

Chemtool Illinois Facility Explosion and Fire Class Action

July 16, 2021

On June 14, 2021, an explosion took place at a Rockton, Illinois facility operated by Chemtool Incorporated and the Lubrizol Corporation. The complaint for this class action claims the explosion “result[ed] in an enormous chemical fire that caused a massive toxic smoke and dust plume, visible from more than 100 miles away and detected by weather satellites.” It now asks for damages and injunctive relief for those who lived in the area at the time.

Chemtool Illinois Facility Explosion and Fire Class Action

Case Event History

Chemtool Illinois Facility Explosion and Fire Class Action

July 16, 2021

On June 14, 2021, an explosion took place at a Rockton, Illinois facility operated by Chemtool Incorporated and the Lubrizol Corporation. The complaint for this class action claims the explosion “result[ed] in an enormous chemical fire that caused a massive toxic smoke and dust plume, visible from more than 100 miles away and detected by weather satellites.” It now asks for damages and injunctive relief for those who lived in the area at the time.

Chemtool Illinois Facility Explosion and Fire Class Action
Tags: Negligence, Nuisance, Trespass