HMN-New Orleans Fire Department responsed to a release of crude sulfate turpentine at the Napoleon Avenue wharf. During the release, 3 coast guard members were exposed to the chemical and hospitalized. They have since been released. (Fox 8)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – The New Orleans Fire Department responded Tuesday to a hazardous materials at the Napoleon Ave Wharf.
The first NOFD company arrived at 12:50 p.m. and was notified that while three U.S. Coast Guard personnel were conducting a routine inspection, a tank containing crude sulfate turpentine released a small amount of the substance via the relief valve due to high temperatures. The NOFD said this is a safety feature on tanks to prevent over-pressurization.
The three Coast Guard members were exposed to the chemical and went to a local area hospital, where they were treated and released.
The NOFD evacuated and secured the area, and then were dispatched to University Medical Center for precautionary decontamination procedures.
After determining that the hazards were mitigated, the port returned to normal activity.
Eleven NOFD units carrying twenty-five Fire Operations personnel worked to gain control of the incident. The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security, State Police, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Harbor Police as well as U.S. Coast Guard are all assisted with mitigation