Second incident at Derbyshire cyanide pond

Firefighters have been called out after an “unknown” substance has leaked into a Heanor pond which was previously the scene of a leak of the deadly poison cyanide. Crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water were scrambled to Adams Pond, in Adams Close, just before 5pm on Wednesday. The fire service stated that the leak has been stopped and the incident has been passed on to Severn Trent Water.

A spokesman from the fire service said: “We were called to the scene at 4.53pm to reports of a leaking unknown substance. “The Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water were also in attendance.

The toxic chemical leaked into a nearby pondThe toxic chemical leaked into a nearby pond

“The incident has now been dealt with. The substance is no longer leaking and it is now in the hands of Severn Trent.

“We are not sure whether this is something to do with the previous spillage. “We left the scene just before 8.30pm this evening.” In February, the Telegraph reported that around 1,000 litres of diluted cyanide had been spilled at an industrial estate in Heanor.

Seven people were decontaminated at the scene after a forklift truck pierced the container carrying the toxic chemical at a business in Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, in Adams Close.

Emergency services have been called to an incident in HeanorEmergency services have been called to an incident in Heanor

Some of the hazardous liquid leaked into Adams Pond and a nearby brook, which runs to Shipley Country Park. However, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said there was no risk to the public as the cyanide was heavily diluted at a concentration of two per cent. Speaking at the time of the incident, fire group manager Gary Platts said: “The spillage is heavily diluted and poses no risk to people.

“Seven members of staff from the industrial unit were decontaminated on scene and assessed by paramedics before being given the all clear.

Ambulances at the scene in HeanorAmbulances at the scene in Heanor

“We continue to work with colleagues from the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water to manage any risk to the environment and bring the incident to the quickest and safest conclusion.

“I’d like to reassure members of the public that there aren’t any ongoing risks as a result of this incident.”

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