Examples of shipping containers at Port of Los Angeles. These were not involved in substance leak.
Examples of shipping containers at Port of Los Angeles. These were not involved in substance leak.

The Port of Los Angeles was operating normally Friday after the leak of a corrosive substance from a shipping container was swiftly taken care of by a Haz-Mat team of firefighters.

The leak and subsequent response caused “minimal disruption” after it was reported at 3:20 p.m. Thursday at Berth 406 near Navy Way on Terminal Island, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A hazardous materials crew entered the container and took samples of the substance, which was slowly leaking from drums on pallets inside a 40-foot container, Scott said.

The crew contained and stopped the leak, then wrapped the container so it could be moved to a safe location for a private company to complete the clean-up, Scott said.

Phillip Sanfield of the Port of Los Angeles identified the chemical as ethanolamine. There was “minimal disruption to the terminal,” Sanfield said.

–City News Service

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