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Hazel Dell, Washington – Hazmat Incident Closes Down Interstate-5 Exit Ramp

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Posted on January 20, 2020

Hazel Dell, Washington (January 16, 2020) – A hazardous material incident was reported on the northbound Interstate 5 exit onto Northeast 99th Street on Thursday evening. According to the report from Washington state Patrol Trooper Will Finn, a canister the size of a propane tank was releasing an unidentified white smoke. The Washington State Department of Transportation reported that a fire had blocked both lanes of the exit. Fortunately no injuries was reported in the incident and the road was reopened by 8 p.m. The cause of the incident has not been reported.

About Hazardous Material Incidents

According to, hazardous material incidents involve the uncontrolled release of one or more hazardous materials in a location which puts human lives or the environment at risk of damage. Furthermore, the website also defines the term “HAZMAT Incident” as an umbrella term for any incident which involve the release or exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Since there is a variety of hazardous materials that can be involved there is no set response to this particular incident. There are three types of hazmat incidents: simple spills, major spills, and emergencies. Simple spills do not spread rapidly and don’t pose an immediate threat to surrounding humans or the environment. Depending on the workplace, these incidents may not require reporting and may be cleaned up by a qualified worker. Major spills and emergencies, on the other hand, are reportable incidents that fulfill one of these conditions: incidents where the hazardous materials spread rapidly, endanger humans or the environment, has caused a person to require medical treatment for either injury or exposure, or involves an individual needing rescue. From this information, it is clear that hazmat incidents can result in lasting injuries and even fatalities. We urge all workplaces that use hazardous materials to run strict safety guidelines. Workplace safety should never be taken for granted in order to prevent damage, not only to human lives, but for the sake of the environment as well.