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Crews work to clean up chlorine leak in Navassa as road closures continue

Crews work to clean up chlorine leak in Navassa as road closures continue

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A view of the hazardous materials scene from Cedar Hill Rd.  on Saturday June 29.  (Photo: Nate Mauldin/WWAY)
A view of the hazmat scene from Cedar Hill Rd. on Saturday, June 29. (Photo: Nate Mauldin/WWAY)

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — In Brunswick County, a chlorine spill caused road closures on Mt. Misery Rd., Cedar Hill Rd. and I-140 from US 74 to US 421 for most of the day Saturday.

According to a spokesperson for the city of Navassa, the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department responded to a chlorine leak at American Distillation Company on Royster Rd. Saturday morning around 5:30 a.m.

When responders arrived, they found large bags of 2,000 pounds of chlorine, one of which was releasing toxic chlorine gas. The gas likely came from the bag being exposed to moisture, the spokesman said.

Local, state and federal agencies were called to assist with the leak. Royster Rd. was evacuated. The spokesperson added that the spill does not pose a threat to Navassa’s drinking water supply and that the event is confined to the ADT warehouse.

Saturday evening, crews were still waiting for an outside contractor to begin cleanup.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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