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HAZMAT crews respond to chemical spill in Tampa

A fire rescue official said a forklift punctured a barrel containing hydrochloric acid.

TAMPA, Fla. — A Hillsborough County HAZMAT team was dispatched to the scene of a chemical spill Monday morning off East Chelsea Street just west of Orient Road.

A fire rescue official said a forklift punctured a 55-gallon drum containing hydrochloric acid shortly after 10 a.m., causing up to 25 gallons to leak out onto the asphalt outside Florida Chemical Supply, Inc.

Two employees were transported to be evacuated by medical professionals. A fire rescue spokesperson said they appeared to be fine, although one had a sore throat. 

One firefighter was also transported for medical care due to heat exhaustion.

Nearby residents were notified of the situation via a reverse 911 call. They were urged to stay indoors

Hydrochloric acid can burn flesh if it comes in contact with a person's skin.

The "all clear" was given shortly before 1 p.m.

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