WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Fire Department and hazmat teams are investigating an acid tank rupture at Alcami Corporation, a pharmaceutical company in Wilmington.
The call came in shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Acid in a waste tank in a laboratory reacted negatively and ruptured, according to Battallion Chief Patrick Campbell with the Wilmington Fire Department.
Chief Campbell says there were employees inside the lab at the time. They evacuated the building; no one was hurt.
Between five to seven gallons of the waste material is estimated to have spilled.
Hazmat crews are on scene assessing the situation.
At approximately 5:30 a.m., the WFD reported that an entry team had removed the "failed tank into another storage container and mitigated leaked acid," and that the first entry team had been decontaminated while a second team was performing a final sweep of the building.
All Wilmington Fire Department crews were clear of the building and demobilizing shortly before 6 a.m.
Ted Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Alcami Corporation, released the following statement:
"At approximately 2:00 a.m., a small volume of acidic material was released in a waste drum in a small lab. Employees working in the area recognized an emerging hazard, and consistent with protocol, contacted the Wilmington Fire Department (WFD). Both WFD and the HazMat Team responded quickly to secure the affected lab and to neutralize the released material. There were no injuries. The WFD HazMat team has neutralized the spill, contained the leak and secured the lab. We are thankful for the very fast response from the Wilmington Fire Department.
"The WFD then conducted environmental monitoring and completed a full inspection of the building prior to releasing the area to Alcami EH&S. The Alcami team has also assessed the area and determined a return to normal business operations is appropriate. Alcami's Environmental Health and Safety team will follow up with any corrective and preventative actions, as the safety of our employees and community are paramount. We thank all those who responded and appreciate our teams' quick and appropriate action."