Address Correction: Nitric Acid Spill in west-side neighborhood shuts down morning traffic

ATTENTION: News Desk / Assignment Editors

MEDIA HOTLINE: 801-550-0121

INCIDENT TYPE: Hazardous Materials

LOCATION: 650 W 800 S

Salt Lake City – On Wednesday, May 25, around 10:15 a.m., Salt Lake City Fire Department first responders plus department HazMat specialists, and West Valley City Fire Department support teams contained a 500-gallon nitric acid spill.

The chemical was quickly contained at a company called Univar. Although there was some initial concern that the nitric acid could get into the storm drain system, the company’s isolated drain system allowed fire department crews to keep the chemical from spreading.

All employees were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the spill is still undetermined.

Traffic on 700 South, between 200 West and 900 West, was shut down for about two hours, allowing crews to ensuring safety. A private chemical clean-up company was dispatched to finalize cleanup for the company.

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED: 32

RESPONSE TIME: 5 min

MUTUAL AID: West Valley City Fire Department