A thick dark streak about 150 yards long is still visible on the northbound lane of Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. in Moncks Corner. It is the remnants of a chemical spill that happened just before 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the cleanup will continue throughout the evening.
When the call first came in responders thought it was an oil spill but things changed once they got on the scene.
“Crews arrived and found out it was not oil,” said Chief Robert Gass from the Moncks Corner Fire Department.
Berkeley County officials said the chemical that was spilled from the tanker truck is called Therminol VP1. Hazmat crews from North Charleston and the state transportation police were also called in to assist.
“The hazard from it was an inhalation hazard,’ said Chief Gass at a quick afternoon press conference.
Because of the potential dangers, crews ordered nearby Santee Cooper, Berkeley Electric Coop and Berkeley Intermediate School to go on administrative lockdown. Moncks Corner Manor was evacuated as were the homes on Barony Street.
“The situation was taken care of fairly quickly, everybody worked together and we were able to determine what it was,” said Gass. “The only real problem from this has been the traffic headaches from rerouting folks around.”
Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic said traffic will be able to move north on Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. but southbound traffic will continue to be rerouted until the clean-up is completed which should be sometime Tuesday evening or later Tuesday night.
Responders said nobody was injured during the incident and all of the evacuations have been lifted; all of those residents who want get home are able to do so.
“We are just waiting for the residue to get cleaned up and hauled off,” Gass said.