Hazmat emergency closes Bakersfield roads

Hazmat emergency closes Bakersfield roads »Play Video
This image provided by Eyewitness News viewer Kathy Daves shows a reported explosion Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the Schlumberger plant in northwest Bakersfield.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Golden State Highway was closed Tuesday afternoon between Snow Road and 7th Standard Road as hazmat crews responded to a reported explosion at the Schlumberger plant on Snow Road.

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Snow Road was also closed between Fruitvale Avenue and Golden State. That closure remained in effect as of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, though Golden State had reopened.

County fire and public health crews were faced with a fire in a tank containing the oxidizing chemical diammonium peroxidisulphate, which can be a skin and respiratory irritant. The fire released a large plume of smoke.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Eyewitness News viewers reported hearing large explosions and smelling sulfur, although fire crews said there were no explosions.

The fire department recommended that people in that area stay indoors, but that recommendation was lifted around 5:30 as any danger dissipated. The Schlumberger plant is just west of Highway 99 and the Meadows Field airport.

Highway 99, which runs parallel to Golden State Highway, was never closed.

No injuries were reported.

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