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Mixup Causes Scare At Andover Water Treatment Plant

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 6:11 am

Employees at Andover’s water treatment plant were forced to evacuate Monday (Oct. 4) morning after an unintended chemical reaction.

Andover’s fire chief told Kare11 that an outside contractor was delivering chemicals to the plant and accidentally poured fluorine in the tank that holds chlorine, triggering a reaction that set off hazardous fumes.

Emergency response crews and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene, and while the contractor was treated, it was determined he did not need to be transported.

Fortunately all of the city’s water towers were full at the time, so none of the chemicals were pumped into Andover’s water supply.

The building is being ventilated while employees move to pump the chemicals that triggered the reaction from the tank.

Officials stress that the public is not in danger.

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