Hazmat team called to investigate leaking container in Redondo Beach
The Torrance police and fire department, the Redondo Beach Fire Department, and the Torrance hazmat division were called to DSD Trucking at 2400 Marine Ave earlier Friday afternoon after workers opened a damaged container and noticed an unpleasant smell.
Employees were unloading the container in preparation to reload it into a truck when seven employees noticed an unpleasant smelling powder leaking from the shipment. They immediately alerted the fire department and evacuated the area.
“We smelled it and got out right away,” said Chris Viellea, an 11 year employee of DSD Trucking from L.A.“The smell was really bad.”
The shipping container is suspected to contain pesticides from overseas and was expected to be delivered to Arizona. According to the fire department, often times things are damaged in transit and spills of this nature are typical.
Firefighters main concern when a spill happens is to determine the direction of the wind and evacuate any nearby populated areas. Fortunately, the spill was not in an industrial park and there were no places to evacuate near the area. “Our main concern is protecting the public,” said RPFD Division Chief Jeff Hyink. “Fortunately this was an ideal location to have a spill.”
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