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Leaking Drum Closes Parts Of Landing Lane, Easton Avenue

Parts of Landing Lane and Easton Avenue were closed for about a half-hour the afternoon of Aug. 13 while a spill of about 2 gallons of bleach was cleaned up.

Township police received a call shortly after 1 p.m. that a drum was leaking a liquid at the intersection. Patrol officers found a 5-gallon drum leaking what turned out to be liquid hypochlorite with 5 percent chlorine, according to a press release about the incident. Hypochlorites are usually used for bleaching, disinfection and water treatment.

Fire fighters from East Franklin and Community Volunteer fire companies and representatives from the township Office of Fire Prevention responded and cleaned up what amounted to about one to two gallons of the liquid, according to the release. Also responding were representatives from Franklin Township’s Office of Emergency Management, Somerset County Office of Emergency Management and Somerset County Hazardous Materials Team.

The material was removed by members of the Somerset County Haz-Mat team.

Police said it appeared as though the drum fell off a truck. The spill was limited to the road.

Landing Lane and one lane of Easton Avenue were closed for about a half-hour, police said.

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