Posted by on July 18, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

(BANT) – Four red plastic containers containing a liquid acid spilled on the Atherton Avenue overpass to northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Novato this morning, a Novato Fire Protection District spokeswoman said.

The one-gallon containers of either sulfuric or muriatic acid likely spilled when they fell from a truck on Atherton Avenue. The chemicals are commonly used to etch treads or designs in cement to make it less slippery, fire spokeswoman Sandy Wargo said.

A passerby reported the spill around 7:30 a.m. Traffic in both directions of Highway 101 is not affected by the spill, Wargo said.

The spill closed Atherton Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Armstrong Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The containers were venting gas and the initial report was about a fire at the scene, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

There have been no evacuations related to the incident, Wargo said.