College Station Fire Department
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 For Immediate Release
Hazardous Chemical Causes Fire Station Evacuation
A commercial pesticide confiscated from a local specialty grocery store by a Department of State Health Services (DSHS) inspector and brought to Fire Station 2, 2300 Rio Grande, caused the evacuation of fire department personnel for approximately one hour this afternoon.
The material is sold under the trade name of Fumitoxin and the active ingredient, aluminum phosphide, is very reactive when exposed to air and especially water.
The evacuated fire department personnel, along with officers from the College Station Police Department, blocked off Rio Grande from Harvey Mitchel Parkway to Hawktree as a precaution.
Fire department personnel placed the chemical in a container, covered it with an absorbent material, and then sealed the container, making it safe for transport. DSHS then took custody of the container and removed it for safe disposal.
All streets were reopened at 1400 hours. There were no injuries.
The College Station Fire Department recommends that if you find any substance that you believe may be harmful or dangerous,you evacuate the area and call 911. Qualified personnel will respond to your location and determine the safest way to render the substance harmless.