Neon green creek not hazardous, battalion chief says

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 6:11 p.m. CDT
A Columbia firefighter tests the water in a creek near the intersection of West Parkway Drive and West Broadway on Wednesday. The water turned green after a dye test was conducted on the storm water system on North McBaine Avenue and was found to be not toxic.

COLUMBIA — Testing Wednesday afternoon revealed a small creek filled with a neon green substance was not hazardous.

Brad Fraizer, Columbia Fire Department battalion chief, said Wednesday evening that firefighters investigated the scene near the West Parkway Drive and West Broadway intersection after a 911 caller reported to authorities that the creek's water was a bright green color.

Officials found after 30 minutes of searching that a contractor had conducted a dye test of the city’s stormwater system on North McBaine Avenue. Non-toxic dye is used to test for cracks in the pipe system, according to the release.

The site will not require cleanup, Fraizer said. He also said his department is working to ensure that the appropriate people are notified before future tests.

“That’s something we’re looking into to find who was notified and who wasn’t,” Fraizer said. “We weren’t notified.”

Fraizer said, though the dye came from a stormwater drain, his department hasn’t yet identified exactly where the dye was released.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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Chris Cady August 15, 2013 | 10:21 a.m.


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