Crews respond to chemical spill in St. Anthony

4:25 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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ST. ANTHONY, Minn. - A busy County Road remains shut down Thursday afternoon while hazmat crews deal with a chemical spill.

St. Anthony Police Chief John Ohl says a truck operated by Horizon Commercial Pool Supply spilled an estimated 100 gallons of hydrochloric acid along several city blocks near the intersection of 37th Avenue Northeast and Highcrest Road Northeast, where St. Anthony, New Brighton and Roseville come together.

The chief concern is that people in the area could inhale vapors from the spill. Images from SKY 11 showed a growing puddle seeping from the rear of the truck. Firefighters and first responders set up a command post nearby to deal with the situation, and ordered residents to stay in their homes and turn off their air conditioners to avoid introducing fumes into their homes. 

As of 2 p.m. County Road D, also known as 37th Avenue Northeast, remained closed along a half-mile stretch while crews worked on cleanup. Chief Ohl said officials hope to have the busy County Road reopened in time for afternoon rush hour, but made no guarantees.  

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