Sodium hydroxide spilled at Waco Road

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 2:58 p.m. CDT; updated 4:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA —The Columbia Fire Department contained a sodium hydroxide spill at 4600 Waco Road around 7 a.m. Monday.

Around 35 gallons were spilled from a semi-tractor and a trailer, according to a press release from the department. The substance was contained and did not enter any waterways.

Seven units, including the hazardous material truck, responded from the Columbia Fire Department.

Sodium hydroxide is a caustic substance, typically used as a drain cleaner, and can cause chemical burns on skin, said Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer of the Columbia Fire Department.

The tractor carrying the sodium hydroxide was operated by the transportation company TransX.

U.S. Environmental of Fenton assisted the firefighters in cleaning up the spill. 

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