'Shelter in place' lifted after acid spill in Baltimore

Posted at 11:49 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 06:34:20-04

The Baltimore Fire Department has lifted a shelter in place ban after a hazmat situation in the Curtis Bay neighborhood in Baltimore.

According to the Baltimore Fire Department, Chlorosulfonic acid spilled from a tank truck during unloading at the Solvay's plant in Baltimore.

The truck was delivering the acid, which is used in producing soaps and detergents. The liquid form of the acid is considered hazardous for inhalation, and makes a white cloud when it comes in contact with the air. 

Emergency responders were asking people who live within a mile radius of the 3400 block of Fairfield road to stay inside and close windows. 

Resident Anthony Jobst said, "We've been through numerous chemical and different types of emergencies it really didn't bother me knowing it was that far away." 

The Baltimore Fire Department says the chemical escape was stopped around 12:30 p.m.

They said 80 firefighters doused gallons of water onto the spill to help contain it. 

"I was a little scared because the guy had told me to go in my house put all the windows down so not to let the fumes in, so I was just scared and I just sat there," said resident Valerie Small. 

There are no reports of injuries from the smoke inhalation. Solvay is conducting its own investigation to see what happened.