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Improperly Disposed Cleaner Leads to Garbage Truck Explosion

February 7, 2019

As many custodians and facility managers work with chemical cleaners daily, knowledge of safe handling, storage, and spill cleanups is key. Just as important is knowledge of safe chemical disposal.

Police in Bellevue, PA, are investigating a hazardous materials situation which lead to an explosion in a garbage truck, the Tribune-Review reports. The truck driver was taken to the hospital after being overcome by smoke containing acid.

Hazmat officials traced the explosion to a cleaning product which combusted when the truck compacted the garbage.

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