Naperville: Hazardous Materials Box Alarm on Chinaberry Lane
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. ~ On Wednesday, May 3rd, Naperville's Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call at 6:59 p.m. about a vehicle that had driven into a structure in the 4500 block of Chinaberry Lane. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a 1000-gallon storage tank containing sodium hypochlorite and an 80-gallon storage tank of muriatic acid had ruptured in the collision. The chemicals had mixed and created a noxious gas, with some of the product leaking into the storm sewer system.

In response to the incident, an alarm was upgraded to a hazardous materials box alarm which brought more than 40 firefighters and hazardous material teams from around the area. HazMat technicians set up diking and damming to stop any further flow of materials, while vac trucks were used to remove materials from the storm drains and flush them with clean water. Collection booms were also used to stop any product from entering a nearby pond, and chemical test paper was used to ensure the water quality of storm drains was clean and free of any chemicals.

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The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by several other departments including Naperville Police, Naperville Department of Public Works, Illinois IEMA, Illinois EPA, Argonne Fire Department, Bolingbrook Fire Department, Downers Grove Fire Department, Hanover Park Fire Department, Lisle Woodridge Fire Department and Warrenville Fire Department. Additionally, Aurora Fire Department, Bolingbrook Fire Department, Oswego Fire Department, Plainfield Fire Department and Romeoville Fire Department provided coverage of Naperville stations during the incident.

The teams worked closely with the Illinois environmental protection agency to assist with mitigation and cleanup which was conducted by a third-party private HazMat contractor. The incident concluded successfully without any reported injuries or fatalities.

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