Hazmat Team Called to Pocahontas Plant

May 10, 2005- Posted at 3:01 pm CDT

Pocahontas, AR - Firefighters from 5 different towns put in a hard day's night cleaning up a chemical spill at a Pocahontas plant.

Hydrochloric acid spilled on the floor and stopped production of tool boxes at Waterloo Industries. The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. but firefighters didn't leave the scene until 7:40 this morning.

"There was about 100 gallons of acid on the floor," said Pocahontas Fire Chief, Scott Baltz.

The spill occured when a valve malfunction and overflowed. The night shift of about 30 employees was evacuated. No one was injured but there was a lot of work to do.

"They had to basically shovel a whole dump truck load of lime over the scene." said Baltz.

Hazmat workers were cautious in their clean up, as the acid produces a toxic vapor.

A spokesperson for the company says the plant should be up and running by Tuesday afternoon.