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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Residents were able to return to their homes after officials lifted an evacuation order around a Columbus plant amid concerns of a possible explosion caused by chemicals being mixed together.

According to WBNS-TV (http://bit.ly/1xyqxo0 ), hazardous material crews were called to the AkzoNobel Coatings Inc. plant in north Columbus shortly after 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith says that unknown chemicals were mixed together, leading to the explosion possibility. Residents were able to return to their homes around 9:30 p.m.

Fire officials say people who live within a half-mile radius of the plant were evacuated. The plant was also evacuated.

AkzoNobel is a Netherlands-based paints and coatings company that produces specialty chemicals.

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Information from: WBNS-TV, http://www.10tv.com/

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