A potentially dangerous chemical incident in a south Auckland
factory has been contained, the Fire Service says.
A bubbling drum of hydrogen peroxide sparked the evacuation
of the Takanini School Rd business, believed to have been an
apparel company, around 7.15am.
A number of other buildings in the area were also evacuated
and the road and surrounding area closed off from the public.
Staff at the company called emergency services after the drum
was spotted bubbling and fuming, shift commander Michael
Upton said this morning.
Around 22 firefighters, including a hazardous materials team
in chemical protection suits, were called to the scene to
determine what the chemical was and make it safe.
Police and ambulance were also called in to help close roads
and were on standby in case of any injuries.
However, the incident passed safely, Mr Upton said, with
firefighters confirming the bubbling chemical was hydrogen
peroxide, most commonly found in bleaching agents and
"The guys [on the scene] advised that they managed to
neutralise and dilute the spill," Mr Upton said.
"So it's all tidied up and handed back to the business owner.
I'm assuming they will have some commercial waste removal
people come in and tidy it up."
WorkSafe NZ would also need to give the factory the
all-clear, before work resumed, he believed.
No injuries were reported from the incident, which was over
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ