Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 10, 2014

Threat reported at co. at center of W.Va. crisis

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The Kanawha County Sheriff’s office says it responded to a threat at a Charleston company that is at the center of a chemical spill.

The sheriff’s office says Freedom Industries reported the threat shortly before 2 p.m. Friday. A worker said a male called and said he was “on his way to teach everyone there a lesson.”

Deputies went to the company as a precaution. The sheriff’s office says they will remain there to ensure investigators from outside agencies and Freedom workers can work safely.

A leak from a tank at Freedom overran a containment area and went into the Elk River. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency and advised hundreds of thousands of water users to not drink, bathe or cook with tap water.