Residents in northeast Ohio town being evacuated after hydrochloric acid leak

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GIRARD, OH (WKBN) — Residents in Weathersfield are being evacuated after a chemical spill, according to the Trumbull County Dispatch.

Residents within a one mile radius of Predator Trucking on North State Street heading north to Tibbetts Wick and east of 422 to Tibbetts Wick are asked to evacuate. 

North State Street is also being blocked off from Tibbetts Wick to the golf dome. 

Residents who have evacuated their homes are being diverted to the Niles Wellness Center, 213 Sharkey Dr. (GPS Address 1000 West Park Ave) Niles OH 44446, as an evacuation point.

The report came in shortly before 7:30 Monday morning. A person reported seeing smoke coming from the rear of the building of Predator Trucking, located at 1775 N. State St. 

Dispatch is reporting a hydrochloric acid spill and says a Hazmat team has been called to the scene. 

Firefighters are on scene and Weathersfield and Girard Police are also assisting with evacuating residents. There is a command post set up at the site, with all police and fire reporting to that command post.

Hydrochloric acid a colorless inorganic chemical with a distinctive pungent smell.  

Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure may cause eye, nose, and respiratory tract irritation and inflammation and pulmonary edema in humans. It is said to be very corrosive and cause chemical burns, according to the US National Library of Medicine. 

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