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Emergency Crews Contain Hazardous Materials

Emergency Crews Contain Hazardous Materials

Posted - Dec. 28, 2004 at 3:50 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- The Salt Lake City bomb squad, Hazardous Materials team, police, and fire crews responded this morning to a potentially dangerous situation in Salt Lake City.

A man driving an old mining truck pulled into a repair shop and someone noticed a hazardous material inside the truck. Emergency agencies responded and evacuated neighboring businesses.

Authorities contained the truck and discovered it had some residue of Ammonium Nitrate, which can explode when it's mixed with diesel fuel.

A.J. Barto, Hazardous Material Specialist: "It's very innocuous. It would actually take another type of explosive dynamite or blasting cap to set this off."

Authorities say ammonium nitrate is often used in mining. It's also used by construction crews when building roads, and by ski resorts for avalanche safety.

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