2 injured after East Rutherford chemical spill, fire

A chemical spill in East Rutherford caused authorities to issue a shelter-in-place order on Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened at the Diamond Chemical facility where authorities say a chemical reaction and an overheated machine caused two separate fires in the building.

Officials say the incident involved chlorine and did advise residents and businesses to take shelter as a precaution.

"On arrival, we found that there was a chemical reaction leaking into the atmosphere," said East Rutherford Fire Department Chief David Alberta.

Two minor injuries were reported.

After checking the air quality, Hazmat teams reported no negative or bad readings and residents could once again begin using air conditioning and opening windows.