Hose comes loose during delivery, causes nitric acid spill at Hiland Dairy on Emanuel Cleaver
Posted 6:20 am, September 19, 2016, by Kathy Quinn, Updated at 07:10am, September 19, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- HAZMAT crews rushed to a local dairy overnight Sunday after employees reported a bad odor.
The crews were dispatched just after 1 a.m., to Hiland Dairy at 3805 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64128. This is in Jackson County, MO.
Employees reported smelling very strong fumes. They described it as a foul smell coming from one of the refrigeration units. Hiland Dairy contacted the Kansas City, Mo., fire department and reported that they had some sort of a chemical acid spill due to a hose disconnecting during a delivery. Hiland Dairy uses very high amounts of nitric acid. On average, this dairy emits 30,000 pounds of nitric acid into the air. The acid is used to clean the dairy processes from the bacterial film buildup.
HAZMAT from Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., arrived on scene.
Emergency workers spent nearly two hours making sure the scene was secure and the spill was isolated.
By 3 a.m., the scene was clear of all emergency workers and employees were allowed back inside.
No one was hurt and all employees were accounted for.