Bay residents shocked by fallout from factory
AN INDUSTRIAL accident at a Port Elizabeth factory caused “black rain” to fall on Amsterdamhoek and Bluewater Bay at the weekend.
Inky deposits of pure carbon powder – the same material used to manufacture tyres – fell on buildings and cars.
As the carbon was spread by stormy weather, it also blackened swimming-pool water.
A number of residents have complained that the powder is almost impossible to remove.
Orion Engineered Carbons – known through various name changes as “the carbon black factory” – in Deal Party took responsibility for the accident yesterday.
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