No Injuries, Evacuations After Hydrochloric Acid Spill

"At no time was there a risk to our residents or our water supply," said Village of Lansing spokesman Fabian Newman

Cleanup was under way late morning in Lansing after a spill of hydrochloric acid.

The spill was just south of Interstate 80/94 -- the Borman Expressway -- east of Torrence Avenue near 175th Street and Chicago Avenue.

"At no time was there a risk to our residents or our water supply," said village spokesman Fabian Newman. "The situation is fully under control."

Newman said all businesses in the area were open before 11 a.m. and that final cleanup was being done by a professional hazardous materials team.

Hydrochloric acid is used in the production of chlorides, fertilizers, and dyes, in electroplating, and in the photographic, textile, and rubber industries, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's website. It is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.

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