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Biomedical Company Evacuated After Chemical Exposure

Posted August 9, 2007

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— A biomedical company near Brier Creek Shopping Center in Raleigh was evacuated Thursday morning after a container holding a small amount of flammable solid was breached, according to the Raleigh Fire Department.

Employees at Micell Technologies, 7516 Precision Drive, were cleared from the building shortly before 11 a.m. and sent home for the day as a precaution.

Emergency officials said the packaging for a flammable solid, acrolyl chloride, had punctured. The substance had to stay below 60 degrees to avoid catching on fire.

A hazmat crew cleared the scene shortly after 4 p.m., and officials said the substance would be transported to a larger container and be kept cool.

No one was hurt and no one was in any danger, authorities said.

According to its Web site, Micell Technologies is a privately-held biomedical company that works to advance "combination product therapies" in the cardiovascular, orthopedic, and drug-delivery areas.


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  • betty8i Aug 9, 2007

    Yeah, I work at one of the trucking companys on the same road, I hate to see that. PPL can hurt very fast. Thanks God noone did!!!!!!!!

  • rafiki Aug 9, 2007

    That spill should have been near my place of work so that i could go home for day and with pay

  • PlanetX Aug 9, 2007

    Wondered what all the commotion was about!!

  • 25874245844 Aug 9, 2007

    This spill will cause a blackout later today and increase global warming as our air conditioners hum in the 103 degrees heat. Shoot. For all I know this happned because I did't turn my thermostat UP this morning as I was advised to. Wow. The butterfly effect strikes again!

  • jnw23 Aug 9, 2007

    I live on Acc Blvd. and about 6 fire trucks, 3 ambulances and a hazmat truck drove by (along with a few other wailing vehicles). I'm glad I finally found out what was going on.

  • computer trainer Aug 9, 2007

    Steve, maybe he left his lunch inside! :) Yeah, some of the words are REALLY difficult. Better to spell and get it right, than have us Southern ladies and gents sissfy it up!!! :)

    Have a great day!

  • Mmaker52 Aug 9, 2007

    Thanks Steve...on the ball as usual

  • Steve Crisp Aug 9, 2007

    Actually, they know what the chemical is. They spelled it out on the scanner because no one could manage to pronounce it. I was only paying half attention and didn't catch it, but I did hear that it only involves 500 ml and is contained in a secondary trapment of some sort. The plant manager didn't seem all that concerned since he wanted to get back into the building and Hazmat would not let him.