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Hazmat crews cleaning up 7,500 gallon chemical spill in Sikeston

Sikeston Public Safety reports there is an active hazmat incident (Source: Sikeston DPS) Sikeston Public Safety reports there is an active hazmat incident (Source: Sikeston DPS)
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

Hazmat crews are cleaning up an early morning chemical spill in Sikeston.

Sikeston Public Safety reports there is an active hazmat incident at Sikeston's Board of Municipal Utilities Power Plant. 

According to Lt. Jim McMillen, the Sikeston BMU Power Plant reported a trailer containing hydrochloric acid exploded at their facility around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning.  He says this resulted in a 7,500 gallon spill.

Sikeston DPS says they immediately dispatched their hazmat team to the site to evaluate the incident.

Lt. McMillen says the spill was confined to the immediate area of the incident and no one was injured during the release.

It isn't known at this time what caused the pressurized container to fail, but we know that fire was not the cause, according to Lt. McMillen.

According to a Sikeston DPS news release, this type of chemical release requires a relatively short evacuation distance, which fell inside the property of the BMU facility.  They say no one outside the property lines were in danger.

People who live nearby the Sikeston Power Plant are completely free of any danger, according to DPS.  Also, the power plant did not suffer any significant damage. 

According to BMU, this incident has had no effect on their operation.  Every year BMU has a planned outage to conduct yearly maintenance at their facility.   The power plant was currently going through this annual maintenance when this incident occurred.  And, this incident did not disrupt their service.   

According to DPS, the SEMO Regional Hazmat Team and the Ozark Regional Hazmat Team are currently conducting operations to ease this event.  A chemical release clean up company "Aquilex Hydrochem" is also on the scene and will begin efforts to recover the spilled product.

Lt. McMillen says operations should be ongoing for the next couple of days.

Investigators will not be able to examine the cause of the failure he says, until the site is decontaminated.

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