Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 08:43:23 -0500
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A hazmat situation closes a portion of eastbound and westbound state 
Route 161 Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATE: One lane of westbound S.R. 161 opens to traffic after a hazmat 
situation closed a portion of state Route 161 for hours Wednesday 

By DONNA WILLIS | Web Content Coordinator=09

COLUMBUS, Ohio=97A hazmat situation closed a portion of westbound and 
eastbound state Route 161 Wednesday afternoon.

A box-type truck with hazardous materials caught fire in the westbound 
lanes of S.R. 161 near Hamilton Road on the city=92s East Side, near New 

Plain Township and Columbus fire departments and a hazmat crew responded 
to the level-1 hazmat situation at about 12:40 p.m.

The truck contained seven 55-gallon barrels of toluene (a flammable 
chemical) and a load of lithium batteries.

Six of the seven barrels were full.

Toluene is used in consumer products, building materials or furnishings 
that contribute to indoor air pollution and in pesticide products.

The lithium batteries were being hauled for recycling.

Apparently, the batteries caused the fire. Chemicals leaked out of the 
batteries and caught fire when they hit water, according to fire 

It=92s very flammable and explosive so that=92s why the big 
concern=97there being out in the open area. It=92s much better because 
there is nothing else around, said CFD Battalion Chief David Whiting.

The fire was contained by 1 p.m. and before it reached the barrels of 
flammable chemical.

Hazmat crews continued to work on cleanup.

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