No injuries were reported at Far Chemical Inc. The plant was evacuated and officials asked local residents to shelter in place. The local highway was shut down.
Just before 11 a.m., the Palm Bay Police Department said that they received reports of an explosion in the area of U.S. 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard.
The explosion also reportedly caused fires, including a significant one in the area of PB Road and RJ Conlon.
Most of the smoke had dissipated hours later and during a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed that no one was injured.
They explained that the incident happened because of a refrigeration issue on-site that caused several barrels of solvent to catch fire. Thankfully, fire units were able to get foam on the fire and get it out.