HAZMAT team investigating substance found on loading dock at Children's of Alabama (update)
By Ben Culpepper
Update 5 p.m.Birmingham Fire Battalion Chief Ty Gober said the substance found on a loading dock at Children's of Alabama was determined to be a hydrogen peroxide-peracetic solution used by the hospital as a chemical disinfectant.According to Gober, at lease one of the one-gallon containers of the cleaning product, which was in a cardboard box, was somehow damaged and began to leak onto the dock. A hospital employee discovered the leak and alerted the authorities.A Birmingham Fire and Rescue HAZMAT team arrived at the location and quickly identified the substance before securing the leaking container, placing it in an overpack drum, a container used for hazardous waste and material disposal. An environmental company is expected to remove the drum from the property."The problem that we encounter when we get these unknown substances, until we identify them, we make sure the situation is thoroughly stabilized before we're able to remove those products," Gober said.There were no injuries and the loading dock has since resumed normal operations. A Children's of Alabama spokesman said no patients or employees were affected by the incident.Initial Report:BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A Birmingham Fire and Rescue HAZMAT team is currently investigating a substance found on a loading dock at Children's of Alabama Hospital.Authorities were called to the scene around 2:40 p.m. after a mysterious substance was discovered outside the hospital. Details are limited at this time, but ABC 33/40 reporter Larry Miller is at the scene waiting to get an update from a hospital spokesperson. We'll have the latest on this situation on the news at 6 and 10 p.m. To watch the newscasts live online, click here.On the scene of a hazmat situation at Children's of Alabama. Waiting for rep to speak. Updates on the news @6pic.twitter.com/qeZVmy4is8 Larry Miller (@larrymillerd) May 24, 2014
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