Officials investigate oil spill in Pelzer, South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is currently looking into how used motor oil was spilled in Anderson County on the night of November 1.

The Anderson County HazMat Team and West Pelzer firefighters went to Law Street in West Pelzer after between 40 and 50 gallons of oil were spilled on the road and also the side of the street, television station WSPA reports. Firefighters were able to control the spill and then they notified DHEC.

Most of the oil spilled onto the road and a small amount ended up on the grass, West Pelzer Fire Chief Lee Blackwell told the the Independent-Mail.

The media outlet reports that the cleanup of the spill was completed before 8 p.m., and the state health department ensured that the oil was discarded in the proper manner, according to spokesman Adam Myrick.

Afterwards, Myrick told the media outlet that “there’s not any reason to believe there’s a threat to public safety.”

No arrests have resulted from the spill, the media outlet reports. Blackwell said he has never encountered a situation like this.  

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