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NEODESHA, Kan. – Emergency crews in Kansas are evacuating part of a town following an explosion at a chemical plant.

The explosion occurred about 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Airosol, Inc., plant in Neodesha.

Officials say one worker was injured during the explosion and was rushed to a Wichita hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Several blocks around the plant have been evacuated and the town’s schools are closed for the day. Residents also have been asked not to drink the water until further notice.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The plant manufactures and packages aerosol, liquid and other specialty chemicals for industries.

Neodesha, a town of nearly 2,500 residents, is about 100 miles southeast of Wichita.

A smoke plume billows after an explosion at an aerosol plant in Neodesha Kansas Tuesday morning. No word as of 9 a.m. about injuries.