Acid Vapor Cloud on West Main Forces Sedalia Residents Indoors
According to Sedalia Fire Chief Matt Irwin, The incident was deemed stabilized as of 11:15 a.m. However, the immediate area remains closed as an overabundance of caution, he said.
Irwin said a tank failure behind MWP is what caused the incident, reported just before 7:30 a.m. Hydrochloric acid was released into the air, with prevailing winds at the time around 8 - 9 miles per hour.
The confinement system worked as it was supposed to, Irwin added. Some of the acid spilled onto a set of metal stairs, which reacted and caused the plume of smoke to rise.
The Sedalia Fire Department poured 10,000 gallons of water into the confinement system, and there no hazard for area residents to be concerned about at the moment. Employees of Pro Energy were asked to shelter in place when the incident first happened.
The prevailing winds are no out of the east and south.
MPW will bring in a professional clean-up crew, Irwin said.
Irwin noted that Hydrochloric Acid is considered a breathing hazard.
Sedalia Fire and Sedalia Police were on the scene of an acid vapor leak at West Main and Thompson Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Police were telling area residents and employees at nearby industries to stay indoors for a few hours until the air clears, as a precautionary measure.
A large white tank was seen leaking a white cloud of mist into the air behind a business at 3205 West Main -- MPW Industrial Services, Water Management Services (on West Main between Winchester and Thompson). The mist appeared to be slowly drifting to the north.
Other affected businesses in the area include Maxion Wheels, Gardner-Denver, Child Safe, Herman lumber, Sedalia Moose Lodge.
Details on the situation will be posted as soon as they are available.