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Is it St. Patrick's Day? Durham creek turns green

Posted December 27, 2019 9:29 p.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2019 7:46 a.m. EST

— Firefighters responded to a report of a spill in a Durham creek Friday afternoon that turned the water bright green.

The spill was found at Lakewood Avenue and University Drive shortly before 5 p.m., authorities said. A passerby reported seeing a green substance in the creek that looked like anti-freeze.

Crews dammed the creek for containment, while others tried to trace down the source. They tracked it to a storm tunnel behind 807 S. Duke St. but couldn't determine where it came from beyond that, authorities said.

Testing done by the city's hazardous materials team determined the substance wasn't harmful.

The Durham Fire Department said someone might have dyed the creek with coloring. The city Department of Storm Water said it wasn't doing any dye tests, but it's unknown whether any private entity was doing any tests, authorities said.

The color dissipated after a few hours.

A sample of the discolored water will be sent to a lab for further testing, authorities said.

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