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London police investigate possible hazmat situation

The Laurel County Sheriff

MGN Online

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The Laurel County Sheriff's Office issued a travel advisory Tuesday afternoon for East 4th street and Tobacco Road in London, after reports of an explosion and dangerous vapors in the area.

Police are asking drivers to avoid the area until a hazmat team arrives on scene to investigate. The Laurel County Emergency Management Director is traveling from Somerset to examine two barrels found in a reported stolen trailer hooked up to a pickup.

After being tipped off, Laurel County Deputies were able to arrest one suspect for possession of the stolen trailer. Deputies tell us they recognized the driver as a wanted suspect and took him into custody during a traffic stop.
We're told that's when deputies noticed an odor coming from the trailer. Inside they found two barrels of a chemical they have tentatively identified as a resin solution. We're told the solution is highly flammable and the vapors can be hazardous.

Police tell us they are not sure if the containers are leaking.

Police have blocked off all roads in the east London area.


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