• Chemical leak forms bluish cloud over water plant in Lancaster County

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    LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. - A bluish cloud spotted over the Lancaster County water plant on Riverside Road Monday morning led to a hazmat situation.

    Emergency crews were called to the water plant off Highway 5 near the Catawba River. The road was shut down after reports of a chemical leak at the plant.

    The utility company said that a very small amount of chlorine dioxide, which is used to disinfect drinking water, leaked and formed a fog. 

    The Department of Health and Environmental Control was contacted, but the chemical was shut off and the leak was contained. 

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    There were no evacuations or injuries and no impact on the drinking water.​


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