Chemical spill being cleaned up along railway in Charlotte - | WBTV Charlotte

Chemical spill being cleaned up along railway in Charlotte


A section of road in Charlotte has reopened as cleanup is underway after a chemical spill along a railway.

Charlotte firefighters were called out to the railway along the 600-block of North Hoskins Road around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officials told WBTV they do have a spill of nearly 150 gallons of a chemical called Vinyl Acetate.

Vinyl acetate is an industrial chemical that is produced in large amounts in the United States. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a sweet, fruity smell.

It is very flammable and may be ignited by heat, sparks, or flames. These chemicals are used mainly to make glues for the packaging and building industries.

The spill was contained on-site and there were no injuries.

A nearly 100-yard section of North Hoskins road was closed down for nearly two house while officials investigated. Police and medical personnel were on scene as well.

A private contractor is taking over the cleanup

Copyright 2014 WBTV. All rights reserved.


Powered by Frankly