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UPDATE: Decatur road reopens after chemical spill

Scene of the chemical spill (Courtesy: Decatur Police Department)

DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Spokesperson Emme Long reports that Cedar Lake Road is back open and the scene is clear.  Decatur Fire & Rescue is working to get ash to put in the spill area. Approximately 500 gallons of the 3,000 gallons spilled will need more containment, she said.

The chemical that spilled was a 23% hydrochloric acid, which is comparable to the strength of a strong household cleaner, Long said.

She also said the Alabama Department of Environmental Management surveyed the scene and says there is no danger to the public.

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About 3,000 gallons of chemicals spilled out of a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon in Decatur. The road reopened as of 4:45 p.m.

A Decatur spokesperson said the spill happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Cedar Lake Road. Crews shut down the road from Central Parkway to Highway 31.

The exact chemical hasn’t yet been determined but it is not dangerous, according to the spokesperson. In addition, ChemTrade announced the composition is similar to a household cleaner.

Decatur police said no injuries have been reported.

Fire & Rescue are clearing up now, according to a tweet by DPD.

This is a developing story. Please check back soon for updates.