Abandoned bucket of chlorine sparks hazmat call near Cal State Long Beach

Someone left a 5-gallon bucket of chlorine outside the fire station near Cal State Long Beach Wednesday morning, sparking a brief street closure so hazmat crews could investigate.

A fire department employee found the bucket outside Fire Station 22 on Atherton Street near Palo Verde Avenue a little before 9:30 a.m., according to authorities.

The LBFD called in a hazmat crew just in case, and after confirming the bucket contained chlorine, health department officials disposed of it, fire department spokesman Brian Fisk said.

Fisk said someone who didn’t know what to do with the chlorine probably left it at the fire station.

“This happens,” he said, noting that fire crews have found motor oil left at stations in the past.

He advised residents to call the health department if they have chemicals they don’t know what to do with. They can advise people about what to do instead of having the abandoned substance spark a call to hazmat crews.

EDCO in Signal Hill also will accept household hazardous waste, fire officials said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram.