SEVEN people have been treated in hospital for breathing difficulties after a chemical spill.
The spill also led to a large part of an industrial estate being evacuated last night.
The incident, reported shortly before 5pm at Chemifloc Ltd, a chemical manufacturing plant at Smithstown, Shannon, is now being investigated.
Company staff quickly evacuated the plant while the emergency services were alerted.
It's understood a significant amount of chlorine was spilled in one section of the plant, sending a vapour cloud into the air which also filling the building.
Gardai set up roadblocks at the entrance to the plant and industrial estate allowing only emergency vehicles in. Several premises around the plant were evacuated.
A number of fire brigade units were called in to deal with the spill. Five men and two women were treated in hospital but none was said to have been seriously hurt.