12 treated; 1 FF injured, at propyl acetate spill

HMN-A dozen people were treated for an exposure to a solvent known as propyl acetate at the Port of Long Beach.  Gazettes.com also reports that one FF was injured in a fall at the scene.


Firefighters treated a dozen crew members on a container ship for exposure to a concentrated industrial solvent at the Port of Long Beach, and one firefighter was hurt in a fall, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The exposure was at about 9:45 a.m., at Pier G, Berth 232 where a flammable liquid leaked from a 6,000-gallon tank on the container vessel, Harbour Bridge, according to the Coast Guard.

The chemical was identified as propyl acetate, a solvent that in small doses smells of pears and is used as a food flavor. But in large amounts and concentrated form, it can severely irritate eyes, skin and lungs.

The 12 crew members were treated, and one taken to an emergency room. A Long Beach firefighter was injured in a fall of some sort, but details of that were not available.

The Coast Guard captain in charge of the port then set up a safety zone of 150 yards around the ship to facilitate, assessment and clean-up operations.

The spill was being cleaned up by the Long Beach Fire Department Hazardous Materials team, along with Patriot Environmental Services. As of 6 p.m., the Long Beach Fire Department said the container had been drained and the solvent secured.



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