Media Release

 

Monday, January 28, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Hazardous Materials Team Responds To Incident Friday
Incident Was In a Remote Part of the Desert

 

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to a reported hazardous materials incident in the desert north of Moccasin Road on the far north end of the city at 9:51 Friday morning.

A woman walking in the area noticed six 55-gallon plastic drums lying on a right of way road used by NV Energy. It appeared some of them were leaking and as she got closer to them, she said it emitted an odor that caused a burning sensation in her nose. She called 9-1-1 and reported the incident.

The Hazardous Material Team of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to and made an assessment of the situation. The incident was in a remote area far from any homes. No evacuations were needed.

The HazMat team found at least two of the drums were leaking and one was empty. The drums contained various chemicals of which some were cleaning solutions.

NV Energy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was notified of the situation and it was determined the area where the incident occurred was BLM land.  BLM responded and took charge of the incident.  A professional hazmat clean up company was assigned to take care of the incident with it being overseen by BLM.

It appeared the drums might have been illegally dumped in the desert.  BLM and Metro Police were notified.

There were injuries in connection with the incident.

END ## LVFR/PEIO-TRS

E48,41,9,55,3,106, T3,48, R3,48, CB8, HZ3, EMS1, B4,15
Incident: 3022577

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