Local News

Acid Spill Causes Evacuation, Street Closure

Posted August 2, 2007

— A tanker car leaked hydrochloric acid on a rail line in Durham Thursday morning, prompting authorities to evacuate a business and block off the area to traffic.

The acid spill in the 2000 block of East Pettigrew Street was reported shortly before noon.

Authorities closed Pettigrew Street between Briggs and Driver streets while hazmat teams stopped the leak and cleaned up the spilled acid.

A business located nearby was evacuated, but no injuries were reported.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • realtalk Aug 3, 2007

    I see there is no longer a reason to comment on anything on this site b/c it is full of racist people that comment. There are homeowners there, people not on welfare, and people that don't cause any problems in that area. I guess you live in a nice area, but what if I feel that your community should be destroyed have a nice day people.

  • PikeMom Aug 3, 2007

    They should just go ahead and evacuate the rest of east Durham and leave the thugs there to kill themselves.
    BY: The Nature Boy

    So Funny,and true.This would save taxpayers a lot in Welfare that's for sure.

  • Brick Tamland Aug 3, 2007

    I did say what I really wanted to. And I said leave the thugs there and evacuate everyone else. So, it's not a color thing. I can't control the color of the people who live there or what they do.

  • peacebee Aug 3, 2007

    I hope the people who feel that Durham should be evacuated or eliminated don't live in or around Durham! Otherwise, it would be a scary place to be...

  • realtalk Aug 3, 2007

    why don't you say what you really want to? Or better yet go down there with the rest of your clan and see how brave you are.

  • Brick Tamland Aug 3, 2007

    They should just go ahead and evacuate the rest of east Durham and leave the thugs there to kill themselves.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 2, 2007

    For that you would want to use hydrofluoric acid followed by a thick cloud of chlorine dioxide. May as well toss in some sodium hydroxide in the aftermath to neutralize any acidic remains. Then wash it all down with water, flowing in the direction of Chapel Hill, of course.

  • olivedrabby Aug 2, 2007

    That's one way to clean up the town.

  • yacs Aug 2, 2007

    See, kids? Dropping acid will get you nowhere!

  • MrMan Aug 2, 2007

    Hydrochloric is a relatively safe acid also known as muratic acid of all the acids this one is most widely used for manufacturing and cleaning.