September 9, 2008

Chemical Fear From Dumping

By Emma McKinney

FERTILIZER found dumped in Birmingham sparked a full-scale emergency when it was feared it was a potentially lethal chemical.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at an electricity sub-station in Arthur Street, Bordesley Green, at 1.50pm yesterday.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called in by police after a resident spotted a number of containers left next to the sub-station and an unknown chemical had leaked to surrounding ground."

He said four fire engines and more than 20 firefighters were sent to the scene.

"Two firefighters wearing full chemical protection suits entered the restricted area which had been cordoned off," added the spokesman.

"They recovered a sample of the chemical, which was analysed by an expert on site in a mobile laboratory."

He said the test results showed the chemical was a fertiliser, believe to have been fly-tipped at the site.

"We liaised with the Environment Agency, which advised us the chemical was non-hazardous and could be disposed down the drain."

Nobody was hurt.

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