Substance leaked onto Hampton Blvd. identified

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 5:54 AM

*Update:  Inspector Harrington with the Fire Marshal's Office in Norfolk said Tuesday the substance that leaked from a tanker on Hampton Blvd. last Friday is called ferric chloride. 

The chemical is one of the chemicals used in wastewater treatment and is also used in the cleaning of circuit boards. 

The truck was headed to one of the two HRSD wastewater treatment plants in Norfolk. 

One of the main ingredients used to make ferric chloride is hydrochloric acid.

*Update: At 7 p.m. Chief Williamson said the leak was under control.  One lane of Hampton Blvd. was expected to remain closed while crews worked to clean up the remaining liquid.

Officials said 200-300 gallons were spilled from the tanker.

Two nearby businesses, Oro Azteca and a 7-Eleven, were evacuated as a precaution.

Traffic was down to one lane on southbound Hampton Blvd. All northbound lanes were open but traffic was moving slowly.

NORFOLK -- Hazmat crews from Norfolk and Naval Station Norfolk responded to Baker Street, near Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk Friday afternoon after a truck leaked a corrosive substance on the road. 

Chief Julian Williamson said the driver turned onto Baker St. to figure out directions around 1 p.m. when he noticed the leak. Chief Williamson said the driver immediately called 911.

Crews put rubber booms and sand down to contain the corrosive liquid that leaked.

Two nearby businesses, Oro Azteca and a 7-Eleven, were evacuated as a precaution.

Crews were monitoring air samples and wind direction for other possible evacuations.

A private cleanup company was contracted to clean up the spill.

A second tanker was brought in to transfer the load from the leaking truck around 5 p.m.

Students at Sewells Point Elementary, which is near the spill, were not evacuated but were kept indoors, school officials said.

 

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