South Whitehall Twp Police investigate hazardous material spill – Times News Online

Published on May 06, 2022 at 1:54 p.m.

South Whitehall Township Police were notified shortly after 5 a.m. May 1 of a possible chemical spill at GEO Specialty Chemicals, 2409 N. Cedar Crest Blvd.

According to police in a May 1 press release, the air smelled of fabric softener.

Members of the Lehigh County Special Operations/HAZMAT team, along with Woodlawn and Palmer Townships Fire Departments, Cetronia Ambulance and City of Allentown paramedics responded to the scene.

Police said the released chemical posed no immediate threat to the community.

However, out of an abundance of caution, residents within a one-mile radius of the plant have been advised by Lehigh County Communications to shelter in place.

This communication was through the county’s reverse 911 system.

Technicians from the Lehigh County HAZMAT Team met with plant personnel to assess the situation.

Police said they agreed the situation was under control and at around 7 a.m. the shelter in place was lifted and residents within a one-mile radius were told it was safe to exit.

Citizens who live in or travel to the area may have smelled the unusual odor.

However, the spill has been contained and a cleanup is underway, police said in the news release.

PRESS PHOTO BY SCOTT NAGY South Whitehall Township Police, along with members of the Lehigh County Special Operations/HAZMAT team, Woodlawn and Palmer Township Fire Departments, Cetronia Ambulance and City of Allentown paramedics dispatched around 5 a.m. May 1 for a possible chemical spill at GEO Specialty Chemicals, 2409 N. Cedar Crest Blvd.

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