KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — Crews were on the scene of a chemical spill Thursday night in North Knox County, according to the Rural Metro Fire. The substance was determined to be acidic in nature and a cleanup process was launched.
A news release from the agency states that Thursday night around 9:15, its crews responded to a report of a spilled chemical “smoking in the street” at the intersection of Dry Gap Pike and Dante Road. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office secured the roadways and the Hazmat team was called to the scene.
When that team arrived, crews put on protective clothing and breathing devices, testing the chemical in order to determine their next steps.
“It was determined to be an acid in nature and was neutralized and deemed safe, and the street was cleaned and re-opened to motorists,” Rural Metro stated. “We apologize for the inconvenience the road closure caused.”
Rural Metro had posted on Twitter about a chemical spill at Dry Gap Pike and Dante Road; they believe the spill is about one gallon of an acid liquid.
No evacuations are expected in the area, Rural Metro tweeted.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.