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Cary Pool, Park Evacuated After Chlorine Spill

Posted August 11, 2007

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— A chlorine spill forced the evacuation of a swim club and part of a park in Cary early Saturday afternoon.

Police evacuated the pool and clubhouse at the Oxxford Hunt Club, at 120 Fallsworth Drive, around noon Cary Battalion Chief Barry Jones said.

Police also cleared people from some greenways and trails in Fred G. Bond Metro Park, at 801 High House Road. The trails were upwind from the spill, officers said.

No homes in the area were evacuated, Jones said.

A deliveryman was pumping liquid chlorine for the pool when the hose broke loose, according to authorities. Approximately 40 gallons of chlorine spilled into the parking lot, Jones said.

Hazardous material crews were investigating the possibility that some chlorine ran off into a creek behind the crews.

The chlorine splashed the deliveryman in the face, Jones said. He was treated for minor injuries at WakeMed, and his prognosis is good, officials said.

No other injuries or medical problems were reported as a result of the spill.

The area should be completely cleaned by around 2:30 p.m., Jones said.

Hazmat teams, emergency medical services personel and Cary police officers responded to the incident.

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  • Ladder1 Aug 13, 2007

    Why was my last post removed WRAL??? I was sticking up for myself, you let people attack others on here but those attacked can't defend themselves? Let me try again; no "raptor", you're incorrect.

    I'm a hazmat specialist, making sure the citizens stay safe, so no "wanna-be" here. I DO IT, and I was on the scene.

  • shannon0530 Aug 13, 2007

    wow

  • raptor101 Aug 13, 2007

    wow, what a bunch of chemist wannabees

  • Ladder1 Aug 12, 2007

    Ok Smitty, you're right. UN numbers, shipping papers and MSDS mean nothing. I was there. It made it to the creek and bleached the floor of the creek, killed a few small fish and frogs.

    All in all, it's a high powered clorox. We did a few tests, neutralized some puddles, and swept them up. You could actually see the product in the creek, about 3 inches below the surface.

    Oh yeah, by the way, the boiling point for sodium hypochlorite is 101 degrees celsius, or 213.8 degrees fahrenheit. Check your sources on that one, perhaps "Cameo" if you know what that is.

  • SteamTrain Aug 12, 2007

    Dang...Major typo
    1. "Solid Chlorine" usually refers to solid (granulated) sodium or calcium hypoclorite.

    Sorry All

  • SteamTrain Aug 12, 2007

    (Newbie 2nd try)
    Thanks Smitty, the pool industry has been playing fast and loose with the term "chlorine" for decades. The news outlets don't help the general public much by repeating it. They need to employ a science nerd to keep their reporting accurate. Since I've been waiting in vain for a real Pool Guy to clear this up, I'll take a stab instead.

    Anyhow, for pool purposes only, I believe the following applies:

    1. "Solid Chlorine" usually refers to solid (granulated) sodium or calcium chloride.
    2. "Liquid Chlorine" usually refers to a water solution of solid chlorine.
    3. There are some "chlorine" tablets that have some more complex compounds abbreviated as "trichlor" or "dichlor".

    Finally, there are apparently a very few large pools around the country, usually in large cities, that do use true molecular chlorine (Cl2) in pressurized cylinders to chlorinate their pool water. Such use is highly restricted and requires special training.

  • kittiboo Aug 12, 2007

    Well, considering that the news story referred to it as "liquid chlorine" and not bleach, that is the information I was going on. I was merely defending the notion that chlorine is NOT just a gas, as you had asserted.
    And Timbo- har har har.

  • smitty Aug 12, 2007

    Kittboo, sodium hypochlorite is used in commercial pools, same stuff that is in bleach. This is what was spilled. Elemental chlorine can certainly be turned into a gas or a liquid, but if this was what was spilled, it would have immediately boiled off and never made it into the creek. The boiling point is -29.27 °F.

  • Ladder1 Aug 12, 2007

    To be exact, the chemical was sodium hypochlorite. It ended up bleaching the parking lot and the bed of a creek a little bit, killing a few small fish.

    But, the quick actions of the crews on scene confined the runoff to a small area of the creek.

    The RRT and the hazmat team for the City of Raleigh are one in the same. The big difference is the way we are activated. The City of Raleigh has an agreement with other departments in Wake County to provide hazardous materials response services by direct notification, whereas the state RRT requires a bunch of phone calls and notifications through the state offices. It's simply easier to just call the city if you're a department in Wake County, versus trying to get the state team activated. Clear as mud??

  • Timbo Aug 12, 2007

    Kittiboo is right. Chlorine is found in more than one state. I even seen some in *South* Carolina.

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