6 Hurt in Chemical Spill in NC

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 03:09 PM gHale

A chemical spill of ethyl acrylate left six people injured and forced emergency crews in Fayetteville, NC, to respond Monday morning.

Crews responded to the area of 205 McDuffie St. at 9:30 a.m. after calls came into 911 with people reporting burning eyes, headaches and nausea.

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Workers isolated the affected area and then they identified the chemical. Ethyl acrylate is a colorless liquid characterized by an acrid odor. The chemical sees primary use in textiles and paints.

The incident happened when vapors escaped from a highway tanker used to transport the chemical while workers at Dana’s Cleaning were cleaning it out.

Six people ended up treated at the scene and two went to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Nearby Walker-Spivey School and Head Start ended up sheltered in place and no evacuations were necessary.

The hazardous materials team is still on the scene monitoring air samples. The N.C. Division of Air Quality and OSHA are aware of the incident.

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