Level 3 HazMat in Rancho Cordova

Sacramento County, CA – – Just before 10:00 last night, Metro Fire HazMat, firefighters, and other public safety agencies, responded to AMPAC Fine Chemicals on the Aerojet Rocketdyne campus in Rancho Cordova for a report of a chemical leak from a cylinder. The cylinder, located in a remote location on the Aerojet Rocketdyne grounds, was determined to have a small leak of Anhydrous Hydrogen Bromide. As a precaution, all personnel not assigned to the incident were evacuated from the campus.

HazMat Team members train regularly for incidents such as this. Working closely with AMPAC, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Law Enforcement, and other public safety agencies on scene, the HazMat Team was briefed on the situation, developed a plan, donned specialized gear, and entered the hot zone to try to fix the leak in the cylinder. When they were not able to cap the leak, the cylinder was moved by truck to an isolated building with a scrubber (specialized chemical filter) in order to contain the leak. At that point, all evacuations on Aerojet Rocketdyne campus were lifted. The fork lift and truck used to move the cylinder will both be decontaminated; the cylinder will be placed in a secure container to be transported off site and destroyed.

Numerous agencies, both public and private, worked seamlessly to ensure the situation was resolved in the most efficient manner, with the safety of the public always the top priority.

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