Several callers reported hearing sirens and smelling odors in the Lake Area Thursday morning.
Both Westlake and Sulphur schools were given the "all clear" notice and students resumed normal activities after being placed under a shelter-in-place "out of an abundance of caution," said Holly Holland, Calcasieu School Board spokeswoman. “We were not aware of any ongoing siren testing or drills, so CPSB shelter-in-place protocol was followed for all schools in those particular areas and parents/guardians were notified."
According to Westlake Chemical spokesperson Joe Andrepont, Axiall Corporation in Westlake was in the process of testing sirens and performing an evacuation drill from 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. He said the odors did not come from Axiall.
CITGO spokesperson Dana Keel said they are currently in a startup procedure, but have not set off any sirens. She also said the odors are not from them.
Sasol spokesperson Kim Cusimano said they did not set any sirens off and the odors are not from them.
Phillips 66 spokesperson Megan Hartman also said they did not set any sirens off and the odors are not from them.
The director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Dick Gremillion, said at this moment there is no chemical emergency.