On Air Now

Listen

Listen Live Now » 95.5 FM Wausau, WI

Weather

Current Conditions(Wausau,WI 54403)

More Weather »
75° Feels Like: 75°
Wind: SSW 10 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Tonight

Clear 54°

Tomorrow

Mostly Sunny 78°

Wed Night

Scattered Thunderstorms 66°

Alerts

Acid spill investigated

Ambulance rushes to an emergency copyright Shutterstock, Inc.
Ambulance rushes to an emergency copyright Shutterstock, Inc.

OSHKOSH, Wis (WRN)   A leak at a chemical plant in Oshkosh led to a precautionary evacuation of residents in the area on Friday afternoon. The leak of muriatic acid occurred at Hydrite Chemical on the city’s south side.

“It was in a 7,000 gallon tank,” said Oshkosh Fire Department spokesman John Holland. “The tank failed, and spilled what they were guessing to be about a thousand gallons.”

The acid was contained by a berm around the tank. “It did exactly what it was supposed to do,” said Holland. “Even so, we wanted to make sure that people in the general area were safe, so we did evacuate about a three-quarter mile area around the plant itself.”

The leak reported just before 1:00 p.m. Firefighters reported the spill contained by just before 3:00 p.m. Muriatic acid is a form of hydrochloric acid which can cause respiratory system burns if inhaled. No injuries were reported.

Comments