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Sulfuric acid spill temporarily closes street in Hilo Friday morning (April 25)


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Fire department HazMat crews responded to a sulfuric acid spill at 430 Kekuananoa Street in Hilo Friday morning (April 25).

Fire crews answered the 9:43 a.m. alarm to find about 250 gallons of sulfuric acid spilled from a container being loaded onto a flatbed truck at BEI Hawaii. Workers at BEI Hawaii used soda ash to neutralize the spill and worked on cleaning it up. Some of the acid leaked into a roadway drywell, HazMat crews tested pH levels around the drywell and around the Wailoa small boat ramp area while Department of Health personnel took pH readings at Wailoa Pond which were normal. The DOH personnel took over to periodically monitor pH levels in the pond.

An injury was reported but not specified by fire dispatch. Kekuananoa Street was closed to traffic between Iolani and Mililani Streets while crews cleaned and tested the area.

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