False alarm prompts evacuation of Redding water plant

Jan 16, 2015 12:17 PM by News Staff

A minor chlorine leak forced the evacuation of employees at Redding's Foothill Water Treatment Plant, but HAZMAT teams have determined there is no danger to workers or surrounding residents.

An alarm sounded at the plant on Foothill Boulevard around 8:15 a.m. when chlorine was detected inside a storage room. An employee told officials he heard a hissing sound coming from the storage room.

Fire crews and a HAZMAT team were called to the scene and according to Redding Fire Department, there were two parts per million of chlorine which is way below the threshold of danger.

No other evacuations have been ordered, but residents living within a mile of the plant were notified, as well as officials with nearby Manzanita Elementary School.

Employees were allowed back in the building around 10:15 a.m. and an investigation into why such a minor leak would trigger the alarm is underway.


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