Hazardous Material Incident in Town of Bedford


Update from the Town of Bedford:

The situation is contained and cleanup efforts have begun. To aide in this cleanup we are asking that people avoid the areas of Centertown, East Main, Independence, South Street and all of Orange Street.

Earlier:

News Release From the Town of Bedford:

The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue and Bedford Fire Department are on the scene of a hazmat incident at the Bedford Wastewater Treatment Plant on Orange Street in Bedford.

According to the Bedford County Fire Marshal, two chemicals were mixed that created a large amount of chlorine gas. Two individuals are being treated for non–life threatening injuries.

Nearby residents and businesses in the immediate surrounding area are being evacuated as a precaution. Downtown Bedford is not affected in this evacuation.

The Department of Fire and Rescue has called in regional hazmat teams to assist. They are working on decontamination and stabilizing the spill.

Orange Street is closed. Drivers should avoid the area.

More on this story from our media partner, ABC 13 - WSET.


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