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Hazardous materials incident at waste management premises in Glasgow

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Firefighters and police officers ensured public safety when a chemical reaction took place within waste materials.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews are dealing with a hazardous materials incident at Clearwater Waste Management Premises in Boden Street Glasgow.

SFRS crews were called to the premises at 17:30 and initial crews reported a large smoke and dust plume coming from the premises. Due to indications that a chemical reaction had taken place a hazardous materials incident was declared.

Three appliances, an SFRS Environmental Protection Unit and an SFRS Detection, Identification and Monitoring (DIM) vehicle with Technical Support Officers are in attendance.

Fire crews worked closely with a scientist from Glasgow Scientific Services to establish the exact nature of the chemical reaction and the chemicals involved to determine if any hazardous particles were present.

No casualties are involved although three members of staff from the premises were evacuated as a precautionary measure and as a further precaution local residents were informed to stay indoors with windows closed.

It has since been determined by SFRS crews and the scientific adviser that no hazardous materials are present in the smoke and dust plume.

SFRS crews are dealing with the chemicals involved by means of dilution in a water spray and containment of the resulting potential pollutant.

Police Scotland and SFRS Crews remain in attendance working closely together to ensure the safe resolution of this incident.

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