100-gallon leak of acids from shipping container at Port of Oakland

100-gallon leak of acids from shipping container at Port of Oakland

A shipping container at the Port of Oakland was the scene of a chemical spill.

Fire service personnel from the Oakland Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit attended to the scene and found a 40 foot unit was leaking a mixture of acids.

The leak comprised around 100 gallons of nitric and phosphoric acids combined but was successfully contained by a person on site using absorbent materials.

Eight firefighters with an engine and truck responded to the port’s Pier 57 which is run by SSA Terminals.

Fire department examination determined that no dangerous chemical reaction had occurred and there was no corrosion effect on the ground. No injuries were reported.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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