Lubbock Authorities Cancel Evacuation After Thursday Morning Hydrochloric Acid Leak
Updated September 12th,2019, 9:30 a.m.: It's being reported that a hydrochloric acid leak is to blame for an evacuation called by the Lubbock Police Department on Thursday, Sept. 12th.
KAMC News reports that Hazmat, EMS, and other first responders were called to the leak at 2701 East 66th Street at around 7:15 a.m. The leak was located near the Hydrite chemical plant, located at 2701 E 66th Street in Southeast Lubbock.
According to Acidsolutions.com, Hydrochloric Acid has a, "corrosive effect on human tissue, with the potential to damage respiratory organs, eyes, skin, and intestines irreversibly."
Neighborhoods and businesses between Vanda Avenue and Southeast Drive from East 48th Street to East 66th Street were evacuated as a precaution.
Lubbock police and Lubbock Fire Rescue say they had stopped the spill itself, but that as of 9 a.m. it was still emitting a vapor cloud. At 9:36 a.m., however, Lubbock authorities said the spill had been completely contained and that residents could return to the evacuated area.
Original Story: At around 8 a.m. Thursday morning (Sept. 12th), the Lubbock Police Department sent out an alert through the LBK Alert system asking the public to evacuate the area between Vanda Avenue and Southeast Drive from East 48th Street to East 66th Street.
The LPD claims that hazardous materials are present in the 2700 block of East 66th, but have not specified what kind or exactly how dangerous the materials might be.