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Hazmat Scare At Rock Island Water Treatment Facility

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 The hazmat team contained a dangerous situation after a corrosive material spilled at the Rock Island Water Treatment Plant.

 Crews were called to the scene around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and were on scene for several hours cleaning up the spill. The accident happened while a truck was off-loading corrosive acid. There was an overflow inside the building. The chemical then ate away at the brick and mortar, seeping out down the driveway. Workers at the plant were evacuated, but the surrounding area was not. Fire officials say the chemical is not dangerous unless you come in contact with it.

"The substance is not an inhalation hazard, so there is no issue. The liquid is corrosive, so if it were to get on your skin, it would burn it," says Assistant Rock Island Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey.

The corrosive agent that spilled is actually used to treat the water. There is no danger to the water and sewers.

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