leak prompts brief road closure
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Saturday, Jan 9, 2010
Eugene authorities on Friday
morning temporarily closed parts of Bertelsen Road and West First Avenue
after discovery of leaked pesticide inside a truck=92s
None of the pesticide leaked onto the
ground, Eugene fire District Chief Mark Grover said. It was not known
how much of the pesticide seeped from a hole in a 2.5-gallon plastic
After the truck arrived at Oak Harbor
Freight, near West First and Seneca Road, officials asked employees of
nearby businesses to stay inside as a precaution.
did not know the exact type of chemical that leaked, but they believed
it had the potential to cause =93salivation, tears and other symptoms=94
in people, fire department spokesman Glen Potter said.
pesticide =93was a less concentrated batch than we initially feared,=94
City crews turned over the scene to a
commercial cleanup company later Friday morning.
Drenching starts chemical
STAFF REPORTERS | 9th January
Lisa Hargreaves, of Hastings, was involved in an accident yesterday
morning with her swimming pool chlorine.
A Hastings woman was treated by ambulance
officers after being exposed to poisonous fumes when her pool chemicals
reacted to an inadvertent drenching from a neighbour's garden sprinkler
The fire service and the St John ambulance
service were both called to the mishap which was reported after Lisa
Hargreaves came into contact with the fumes in her garden shed in Karamu
Road North, about 11am.
Hastings Fire Service senior
station officer Mike Manning said the chlorine had been stored in the
shed, and started to react as it came into contact with water spraying
from next door.
The woman was treated as firefighters
removed the dampened chlorine and dispersed it in the
Ms Hargreaves said she was about to go out
but decided to put chemicals in her pool first. When she opened the
chlorine container gas came out. She ran outside, grabbed her garden
hose and began spraying down the shed before calling emergency services.
``It was quite embarrassing with all the engines and people going
past,'' Ms Hargreaves said.
She would now store her pool
chemicals differently to avoid a repeat of the incident, although she
added: ``It wasn't my fault. I did everything right.''
December, a Napier man was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital's intensive
care unit after inhaling chlorine.
The 54-year-old man had been
preparing the chlorine mix for the family swimming pool in Taradale when
there was a chemical reaction.
Two women, one understood to
be a neighbour, were also admitted to hospital.
Q&A: Foul chemical odor in East
(WSYR NewsChannel 9 )
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - This Your Stories
Q&A addresses a strong chemical odor people in East Syracuse
Thursday, one that we could smell inside NewsChannel 9 on Bridge Street.
We, along with some of our viewers, have been wondering what caused
The fire department came to check it out,
and determined the odor wasn't hazardous, and that it was coming from
the CSX railroad tracks. CSX says the stink was caused by a commonly
used chemical called sodium hydrosulfite. Train cars in east Syracuse
carry the chemical, before it gets loaded onto trucks through hoses. The
wind must have been blowing just right yesterday that we noticed it here
at the NewsChannel 9 studios.
CSX says sodium hydrosulfite
is used for a wide range of products, everything from paper to