The Norman Transcript

August 2, 2013

Sequoyah County courthouse evacuated after chemical spill


The Associated Press

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — Officials say a chemical that spilled near the Sequoyah County courthouse has been deemed non-hazardous.

The courthouse, jail and nearby businesses were evacuated Thursday after a milky-white chemical started leaking from a truck parked near the courthouse. Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong says the truck was delivering mattresses to the jail at the time.

Sallisaw police blocked off the area, and a hazardous materials team cleaned up the spill. Armstrong tells the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Ark., that officials determined that the chemical was a non-hazardous solvent.

Armstrong says firefighters had been concerned that the chemical could have mixed with another chemical stored in the truck, causing an explosion or toxic fumes. No injuries were reported.

The courthouse closed for the day and reopens Friday morning.