Businesses evacuated after truck leaks sulfuric acid, officials say


Several businesses in Billerica were evacuated Thursday after a truck leaked sulfuric acid, according to officials. Billerica Fire said the Boston Road incident was reported at about noon and involved a tractor trailer carrying pallets of chemicals, including eight drums of sulfuric acid, Deputy Fire Chief Tom Ferraro said.

Billerica police said the truck’s driver noticed a puddle near the truck on Hadley Street and alerted officials.
The acid reacted to water and rock salt and was fuming, said Billerica Fire Capt. and Hazmat coordinatorJoseph Bradley. The leak was stopped and the chemical was neutralized using lime, a substance commonly used in lawn care, Bradley said.

The truck driver was treated on scene for a small burn. No other injuries were reported.
Garrison’s restaurant, Cumberland Farms and about 10 other businesses closed or evacuated after the leak, fire officials said.

A cleanup company has been contacted to remove the chemicals.

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