UPDATED Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 4:34 p.m.
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Oshkosh authorities have lifted an evacuation order after an acid spill at a chemical plant on the city's south side.
Company officials say about 600 gallons of muriatic acid spilled at Hydrite Chemical Thursday. The spill was reported just before 1 p.m.
The acid spilled from a crack in a tank which holds about 7,000 gallons. Firefighters say a barrier previously set up to contain spills did its job.
WLUK-TV reports police asked people to stay away from the spill area. Some residents were asked to stay inside, close all doors and windows and turn off air conditioning.
Oshkosh police say the evacuations were a precaution and there is no great danger to anyone who does not come in contact with the chemical.
No injuries are reported.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 3:00 p.m.
From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:
OSHKOSH - Oshkosh authorities are evacuating the area near Hydrite Chemical on the city’s south side.
Police say there was a chemical spill at Hydrite Chemical. It was reported just before 1 p.m.
Police have asked people to stay away from the area between W. 28th Ave. on the north, W. Waukau Ave. on the south, Perimeter Rd. to the west and Bradley Rd. to the east. Those south of 28th Ave. are asked to leave the area and stay away until further notice. Those north of 28th Ave. are asked to stay inside, close all windows and doors and turn off air conditioning.
More information is available at South Park across the street from South Park Middle School, according to Winnebago Co. Emergency Management. City officials say the park's shelters #2 on Georgia St. and #3 on Ohio St. are open for people to use during the evacuation.
Oshkosh police say the evacuations are a precaution and there is no great danger to anyone who does not come in contact with the chemical. Officials have not confirmed what chemical spilled.
Firefighters and workers from the company are working to stop the spill. No injuries have been reported so far.
An Oshkosh Corp. spokesman says the spill has caused the company to shut down operations at the South, North, West, 20th St. and E-Coat plants. Second shifts have been called off at those plants. The Harrison St. and Oakwood St. plants are still open and are not affected.
This is not the first time an evacuation has occurred connected to Hydrite. In 2002, a 1,000-gallon spill of nitric acid at Hydrite caused about 150 acres in the same area to be evacuated for about four hours. In 2000, hundreds of people were evacuated when a boxcar near Hydrite started on fire.