Toxic chemical missing from Danville milling facility

Toxic chemical missing from Danville milling facility

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating the theft of a potentially hazardous material from Bunge Milling in Danville.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said in a news release Thursday morning that police were called to the plant Wednesday after a pesticide handler reported he was missing five packs of Phostoxin chemicals, used as a pesticide in railroad cars.

"The chemical is a controlled substance and can only be used by licensed persons," Thomason said in the release. When exposed to water or moist air it will release toxic, corrosive or flammable gases, he said.

At the time of the theft the chemical was in tablet form. The active ingredient in the product is aluminum phosphide. Once the product is activated it will continue to emit gases for up to three days.

Thomason is urging anyone who comes in contact with the material, to report it by calling 911.

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