Chemical spill

The Morehead City Fire Department and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Hazmat Team respond to a chemical spill at Carteret Community College Friday afternoon. (Alizé Proisy photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — The Morehead City Fire Department and the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Hazmat Team were on the scene at Carteret Community College Friday afternoon responding to a chemical spill. 

The CCC director of security said custodians disposed of two boxes of acid and flammable materials from a science class, according to a statement from the town of Morehead City. They disposed of it in the metal recycling bin near the welding classroom.

The welding instructor grabbed the boxes to reuse them for a project, and two of the vials inside the boxes broke, allowing the chemicals to spill and create a vapor cloud, the town said. The instructor called campus security, which contacted MCFD, who then notified the Cherry Point Hazmat Team. 

No students were present during the incident.

The welding instructor was taken to urgent care to be checked out as a precaution. Campus security evacuated the area as a precaution.

The Cherry Point Hazmat Team is currently securing hazardous materials into a safe container, then CCC will be tasked with disposing of the materials properly.

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Holy smokes! He thought it was a good idea to throw acid away in a dumpster??? Pretty sure that's not up to OSHA standards.

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