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Archive for Friday, March 9, 2007

Hazardous material closes entrance to I-70 service area

March 9, 2007, 2:35 p.m. Updated March 9, 2007, 2:53 p.m.

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Emergency crews closed down the Interstate 70 service station east of Lawrence after an unidentified material began burning in a trash can there. The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed while authorities dealt with the issue.

The service area was re-opened shortly after 3 p.m.

Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lingenfelser said the substance - 50 to 100 pounds of a powdery white material in a plastic bag - was found by a worker cleaning the rest stop this morning. The substance was causing the plastic bag to melt; when mixed with water it began to burn.

A hazardous materials crew from Topeka responded to the scene to determine the nature of the powder, but could not immediately make an identification. The material was being packed into steel drums to be transported to another area for further work.

As many as three rest stop workers went to a doctor's office to be checked out; there was no word on their's identities or conditions.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Comments

Ragingbear 7 years, 9 months ago

Probably something like concentrated fertilizer, or concentrated hydrogen peroxide (Used in certain industrial cleansing methods, and swimming pools). Could be rather toxic either way, but no terrorist attack here.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

motored right by it...hope they handled it properly with not knowing what the he|| this crap is! am honestly wondering if was exposed by driving by.

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