MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – The City of Beloit on Thursday released new details regarding the previous day’s hazardous materials spill that forced the evacuation of the Beloit College Powerhouse. As part of their cleanup efforts, emergency services also closed sections of Pleasant Street and Riverwalk.
According to the new statement, a driver delivering pool chemicals to the powerhouse accidentally swapped the hydrochloric acid and chlorine lines. The new mixture emitted a cloud of gas that sent several people to the hospital.
On Wednesday, a city spokeswoman, Sarah Lock, reported that three people went to hospital for treatment and others were being treated at the scene. The incident, reported around 10:00 am, blocked the road and river promenade for more than four hours while crews cleared the area.
No subpoenas were issued for the incident.
Hydrochloric acid, also known as hydrochloric acid, is a clear solution with a strong odor and is used in laboratory and industrial settings. Lock stated that the delivery was for a pool. The company that supplied the chemicals was identified as Viking Chemical Company.
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