Unknown chemical causes officials to evacuate locals in Beaufort County

In Beaufort County, South Carolina, residents have been evacuated, and the Sheldon Fire District has requested assistance from surrounding firefighters in response to a chemical spill off of Buckfield Road, The Island Packet reports.

Sheldon Fire Chief Buddy Jones spoke to the news source around 5 p.m. on May 7, 2012, stating a chemical was reported to have spilled in a nearby ditch.

Firefighters who responded to the scene found the solution was reacting to the rain and emitting a gas, and later called the Northern Beaufort County Hazmat team to determine the identity of the chemical.

No people were hurt due to the chemical spill, but several residents were evacuated while cleanup efforts were performed.

In sensitive situations where citizen safety needs to be enforced, officials need to have the right absorbent devices on hand. XSORB Acid Neutralizing Absorbent is a high-quality formula that can be used to resolve acid spills safely and effectively. Officials would pour the bag on the caustic spill, wait for the solutions to harden and sweep the remains up. When it comes to keep locals safe in the case of a chemical spill, hazmat teams may want to have XSORB products in stock.

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