Wednesday, August 05, 2009

"55-gallon barrel of glue spills across San Pedro"

SAN ANTONIO - It’s something you don't see every day: glue spilled onto San Pedro after a 55-gallon barrel fell off a truck near Jackson Keller. A HAZMAT crew put sand down and closed off the lane, so the glue would eventually dry.
(from WOAI-TV)

HAZMAT? What's hazardous about glue? Sometimes I think our city officials get a little overcautious when dealing with spills. I'm not saying they need to start acting cavalier about such things, but a HAZMAT team for glue? It's overkill.

That reminds me of the time about ten years ago when officials shut down a good chunk of the city because of an acid spill at the Finesilver curve.

I can understand evacuating people within a certain radius of the spill, but they had everything shut down all the way up to Hildebrand on that day. Granted, I am not a hazardous materials expert, but that seemed like a bit much to me.

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AlanDP said...

If they seem to be over-reacting it's only because they are trying to avoid a lawsuit. That's the main motivation for everything in today's world: not getting caught up in the legal fallout.

Albatross said...

Yeah, you're probably right.