Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hazmat incident in Belleair injures sanitation worker

BELLEAIR — An incident involving hazardous materials sent a Belleair sanitation worker to the hospital and closed a road and a section of the Pinellas Trail in Belleair for almost three hours Tuesday.

Largo division fire chief David Mixson said sanitation workers discovered a fuming substance in a dump truck shortly before noon.

The workers called emergency responders, who blocked off Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Clearwater-Largo Road and Varona Street and the Pinellas Trail from Rosery Road to Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

Firefighters eventually found a bottle of muriatic acid, also known as hydrochloric acid, in the truck. The chemical is sometimes used for household cleaning, including pool cleaning.

A sanitation worker who inhaled some fumes from the substance was hospitalized and was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, Mixson said.

Ponce de Leon Boulevard and the Pinellas Trail were reopened just before 3 p.m.

Hazmat incident in Belleair injures sanitation worker 03/12/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Hurricane Maria's winds hit 175 mph as it aims at Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. …

    A boat lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. [Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte | Associated Press]
  2. Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget

    K12

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.

    Photo illustration. [iStockphoto.com]
  3. All Eyes photo gallery: 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 79, collapses buildings in Mexico

    World

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 79 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south, and it …

    Rescuers work on a collapsed building on Amsterdam Avenue in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck, Sept. 19, 2017. Dozens have been reported killed across the country, including 42 in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and at least 20 buildings in Mexico City have collapsed. (Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times) XNYT169
  4. Rays video tribute to ex-manager Joe Maddon upon return with Cubs

    Blogs

    Here is the Rays video tribute to former manager Joe Maddon, who returned to the Trop for the first time on Tuesday with his Cubs team:

  5. After Irma disruption, Miami eager to face Toledo

    College

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind.

    Miami coach Mark Richt watches during a victory over B-CU in the Sept. 2 opener. The Hurricanes haven’t played since.