Potential explosion in Huppauge avoided
On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Suffolk County police reported that a 55-gallon drum of volatile chemical materials forced authorities to close down Oser Avenue in Hauppauge, New York, for several hours, reports the Hauppauge Patch.
Police indicated that stabilizing chemicals were used to neutralize the hazardous solution at a nearby facility, and Oser Avenue was reopened for vehicle traffic at that time.
Fortunately, there was no reported chemical leak in the 55-gallon drum, but the news source indicates the hazardous solution had chemically changed due to temperature fluctuations during transport.
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Luckily, the alteration in chemical makeup was first discovered by a transport company employee. If the solution remained unnoticed for much longer, it could have spontaneously exploded under the pressure of numerous temperature changes.