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37 treated after 'bizarre' chemical explosion in Santa Paula
37 treated after 'bizarre' chemical explosion in Santa Paula

After "bizarre" chemical explosions Tuesday at a Santa Paula wastewater treatment site, mandatory evacuations remain in place, 37 people have been treated, and firefighters and the plant's owner are bewildered. The chemical, an organic peroxide, is unlike anything Ventura County firefighters have ever seen before, fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said. "We don't know what it is," he said. "It's bizarre." Evacuations were still in place Wednesday for all residents and businesses within half a mile of the Santa Clara Waste Water Co. facility in the 800 block of Mission Rock Road. It is unclear when authorities plan to lift those orders. The chemical...

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