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Kern County Fire Department and Kern County Environmental Health responded to potential hazardous material Friday

Posted: 10:44 PM, Nov 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-16 01:44:51-05
Kern County Fire Department (FILE)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Fire Department along with Kern County Environmental Health responded to reports of a potential hazardous material incident in Oildale Friday night.

Officials said around 8 p.m. crews responded to the Nusil facility on Pegasus Drive. Firefighters confirmed the facility had been evacuated and isolated the area. HazMat crews moved in and began their investigation. They found a 55 gallon barrel which was "bulging". Officials said the barrel was previously used to store Sodium Amide which reacted with the water it hadbeen cleaned with.

Fire and HazMat crews determined the barrel was empty, the chemical reaction had stopped and the barrel was no longer a hazard.

The barrel was left on scene for Nusil employees to dispose.

Officials said no one was injured.