I was coming back from Deal at 12:30 when I heard the Sky News helicopter working its way along the coast towards Margate. "What's happening over there", I asked. "A chemical fire apparently", replied the pilot.
A little later and it appears that an explosion at Thor Chemicals at about 10am on Chapel Hill caused a local emergency and needed six fire crews from around Thanet to get it under control.
It's reported that a 300m cordon was put in place around the area, which has since been lifted.
Police have confirmed that there were no reported casualties. All staff at the factory have been accounted for.