Chemical spill in city

Firefighters cleaning up after a chemical spill in Invercargill this morning.
Firefighters cleaning up after a chemical spill in Invercargill this morning.

Firefighters were called to a chemical spill in Invercargill today.

A section of Eye St was closed while the clean-up of the spill was carried out.

Fire Service assistant area commander Julian Tohiariki said a truck, which had arrived to Lindsay Carrying Company, an Invercargill Freight company from Dunedin, had some form of white powder leaking from a damaged bag. 

The substance was later found to be calcium nitrate, which was used in cleaning products and could be dangerous, he said. 

Two men in splash suits decontaminated the spill area which was about a square meter in size, he said. 

The incident was reported about 9.30am.

Mr Tohiariki said the spill was resolved ''fairly quickly''.

The street has since been reopened.  

 

The Southland Times