Evacuation order cancelled for chemical leak

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Posted: Aug 30, 2010 11:14 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 30, 2010 12:50 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department

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Topics: cleanup, chemical, leak, hazmat, rosenwald, apartment, baton rouge, wbrz, update

UPDATE: People evacuated from their homes after a chemical in North Baton Rouge are now allowed to return home.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to the Kelly Trace Apartments at 999 Rosenwald just before 3 a.m., after residents reported a foul smell in the area.

Firefighters found that a drum of Hydrogen Peroxide was leaking at a waste water treatment site behind the complex, and evacuated eight units as a precaution while the Haz Mat team was called in.

The spill created a vapor cloud with a foul odor, which firefighters tried to keep down by spraying water on it. The leak was stopped around 7 a.m. and a cleanup company was called in; they finished their work just after noon.

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