Machine malfunction evacuates Sheldon Manufacturing in Cornelius

Smoke inside laboratory device manufacturer sends alarm through neighborhood
by: Chase Allgood, Cornelius Police Chief Paul Rubenstein surveys the scene on 26th Avenue in Cornelius after a fire caused the evacuation of a manufacturing facility.

A machine malfunction caused the evacuation of Sheldon Manufacturing in Cornelius Wednesday.

Cornelius Police Chief Paul Rubenstein said that workers evacuated the building around 6:15 p.m..

One employee went to the hospital with an unrelated injury.

Officials notified residents in the the nearby neighborhood, from 19th Avenue on the west to 31st Avenue on the east and Hobbs road to the North, and asked them to stay inside their homes until officials could confirm that chemicals weren't being released into the air.

By 7:30 p.m., officials had determined there wasn't a threat of chemicals being released into the area and gave nearby residents the all-clear.

"When in doubt, we're going to do what we have to do to protect the community," Rubenstein said.

Editor's note: a previous version of this included information about early accounts of the incident that were inaccurate.