(CNN) - West Virginia's governor has issued a state of emergency asking residents to not use tap water in five counties.
The state of emergency was issued after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning.
The warning includes customers in Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties. It's believed to impact 100,000 customers.
According to a news release, the leak happened at freedom industries in Charleston.
The leaked product is used in the froth flotation process of coal washing and preparation. The chemical is believed to have leaked into the Elk River.
West Virginia American Water believes the material is hazardous, but is not lethal in its current form.
FEMA has been contacted to bring clean water into the area.
Officials describe the smell as something similar to licorice.
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