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Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Firefighter/Hazardous Materials Team Member Bob Myers prepares to respond to an acid spill at Wyoming and Washington Streets in Pleasanton, Calif. on Friday, February 8, 2013.

PLEASANTON -- A 1,600-pound commercial battery flipped over in a delivery truck mid-transit late Friday afternoon, spilling battery acid onto the roadway, fire personnel said.

At approximately 4:38 p.m., Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters responded to Wyoming and Washington streets where the crew found the flipped battery in the delivery truck and the acid leak. Battalion Chief Joe Testa said authorities believe the battery was not properly secured before it was transported, and when the delivery truck turned a corner, it caused the battery to shift.

Firefighters created a dam to prevent the acid from running into the storm drain and requested the hazardous materials unit to respond to the scene.

Firefighters wearing chemical-resistant splash suits, rubber boots and gloves were able to contain the leak to the truck and the nearby gutter.

Wyoming Street was closed between Washington Street and Utah Street for about 45 minutes while fire crews cleared and cleaned the area.

A private hazardous materials clean-up contractor from Oakland was requested by the owners of the truck to complete the clean up and handle the disposal. Fire crews remained on scene until their arrival at 7 p.m.

Two people were exposed to the acid but were able to clean themselves and not suffer any burns.

No injuries were reported, and there was never any threat to the public, according to the department.


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No orders for evacuation or shelter in-place were given.

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