Chem­i­cal spill closes Char­lot­te­town street

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A hy­drochlo­ric acid spill forced the clo­sure of Garfield Street in Char­lot­te­town Monday.

Fire­fight­ers and the pro­vin­cial Haz­mat team were on the scene for sev­eral hours re­spond­ing to the spill at At­lantic Ware­hous­ing.

Fire Chief Randy Mac­Don­ald said the fire depart­ment re­sponded to a call around 10 a.m. about the spill.

There were no in­juries and there was no risk to any of the neigh­bour­ing build­ings, Mac­Don­ald said.

“We made sure that we were within the proper guide­lines.”

Mem­bers of the Haz­mat team wear­ing full-body suits and car­ry­ing oxy­gen tanks could be seen from a bar­ri­cade block­ing the road early Monday af­ter­noon.

A de­con­tam­i­na­tion unit was set up in the mid­dle of the street for the Haz­mat team with a small pile of dirt at one end to neu­tral­ize any acid that washed off mem­bers.

Mac­Don­ald said when fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene there was a no­tice­able odor, and a truck driver told them there was pos­si­bly a chem­i­cal spill.

Once ev­ery­one pushed was back to a safe dis­tance the depart­ment called in the Haz­mat team, Mac­Don­ald said.

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