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WEST ELIZABETH (KDKA) – Hazmat crews were called to a chlorine leak at a waste water treatment plant in West Elizabeth Wednesday morning.

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Quick-thinking employees are to thank for crews handling the leak.

“This happens to be the West Elizabeth Sewage and Sanitation Authority. Workers had arrived here this morning hearing an alarm in the facility, which was a chlorine leak alarm,” Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Matt Brown said.

The employees called 911 and firefighters arrived at the scene on First Street just after 6 a.m. The firefighters then called in Hazmat units to clean up the chlorine leak.

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“There is a series of two, 150-pound cylinders of chlorine,” said Chief Brown. “One cylinder is empty, one is full and my understanding from the workers though, that is what they attempted to change yesterday.”

Thankfully, no one was injured and there was never any threat to the public.

“The entire event was contained to the building itself until the workers showed up the alarm is an exterior alarm so they did not have to enter and again they could smell a slight odor at the front door itself,” Chief Brown said.

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