Residents in Auckland’s Mount Albert have been told to stay indoors following an acid spill from an NZTA worksite.
Fire service spokesman Scott Osmond says the workers at the Waterview connection discovered a 1000 litre container of hydrochloric acid had been pierced, causing an acid cloud across the suburbs of Mt Albert and New Windsor.
The spill is on Hendon Ave and fumes are drifting south west towards Methuen Road, Batkin Rd, Bollard Ave and New Windsor Road.
Workplace health and safety regulator WorkSafe confirmed an inspector is at the scene but it will take considerable time to work out if there had been health and safety breaches.
Residents are advised to stay indoors, close their windows and turn their air conditioning systems off until further notice.
Neutralising agents are being used at the scene and there has been no spread of fluid or gas.
While 15 fire trucks are still at the scene and roads are still cordoned off, Mr Osmond says by the time most residents arrive home from work the situation will be cleared up.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Rich Lister John Spencer of Caxton paper fame dies
- Intueri suspends dividends, warns of regulatory hit
- Squirrel Group goes after one of the biggest crowdfund raises
- Solid Energy in better position than sold-for-a-dollar Aussie coal mine, CEO Clifford says
- Wynyard heads for clash with Shareholders Association
Most listened to
- Tech commentator Paul Brislen breaks down the latest telco sector report
- NBR reporter Tim Hunter discusses Intueri's problems
- NZ ambassador to Turkey Jonathan Curr talks about improving Turkish - NZ relations
- Hamish McNicol discusses Masala Restaurants and Kim Dotcom in this week's Court Report
- Conflict controversies, increased sports rights competition and MIA IPOs: Chelsea Armitage and Nick Grant on NZ media