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Haz-Mat Incident At Indianapolis Chemical Plant

Crew contained the sulfuric acid with soda ash. No injuries were reported.

A sulfuric acid leak at a south side Indianapolis chemical company was quickly contained Wednesday morning. Indianapolis Fire Department Lieutenant Bonnie Hensley says an employee at General Chemical found the pinhole leak in a pipe that leads to a large storage tank.

A team that is trained to handle hazardous materials was called to the scene, along with IFD, Citizens Water and the Marion County Health Department.

About 1,000 gallons of the highly corrosive acid leaked from the pipe and came dangerously close to a storm water drain. Hensley says the acid was contained before it leaked into a storm water drain.

“Citizens Water was going to go ahead and test water around the sewers downstream from that and from what we‘ve heard so far, there has been nothing found,” she says.

Employees contained the spill with soda ash. Crews pumped acid from the leaky tank into other stationary tanks and a tanker truck.

No one was hurt and no homes were evacuated.

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