BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Hazardous materials crews were kept busy
by a spill and natural gas leak in the Birmingham area.
Birmingham fire Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis said the spill
occurred Tuesday when a Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway
tanker ruptured and dumped dry sodium chlorate at the facility.
He said sodium chlorate is an oxidizing agent used to make
chlorine dioxide for bleaching and stripping of textiles, pulp, and
In a separate incident, authorities responded to a natural gas leak in eastern Birmingham early Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities evacuated Huffman Baptist Church and a nearby recreation center.
A Trussville Utilities spokesman said the leak was prompted when city workers struck a low-pressure natural gas line while working on a drain.
Information from: The Birmingham News,
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