- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A chemical lime spill north of Cincinnati is blamed on an error by a worker for an environmental cleanup company.

West Chester Fire Chief Rick Prinz tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (https://bit.ly/2ecWSQ6 ) that a worker using lime to neutralize waste water apparently became distracted and dumped in 60,000 pounds of lime at once, instead of the small amount typically used.

That created a dust cloud in the area Wednesday evening. Officials advised residents to stay indoors, close windows and turn off ventilation systems because lime can cause skin and eye irritation and respiratory problems.

Prinz says three people reported throat irritation.

He says the worker’s company cleaned up the spill. Firefighters used water on remaining lime to turn it into steam, and the scene was cleared within several hours.

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Information from: MIDDLETOWN: Hamilton-Middletown Journal News , https://www.journal-news.com


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