Hazmat Crew Snuffs Out Chemical Spill In Provo

Apr 18, 2013

Several blocks were closed off around a chemical company in Provo while firefighters and a Hazmat crew responded to a chemical spill.

Neighbors spotted smoke coming through the roof at Wiltec on West Street about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Provo Fire Department

Provo Fire Battalion Chief Tom Augustus told the Provo Daily Herald that the company that studies chemical reactions was testing sulfur trioxide when a research tube failed.  He said the failure caused an unexpected chemical reaction that involved a significant amount of smoke.

Firefighters found it wasn't a fire, but still had cause for concern.

Augustus said the smoke was quickly dispersed by the wind, and no one was in danger.  Employees were allowed back in the building within about three hours.

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