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Police work to defuse a potential hazmat situation in Laurel County

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

LAUREL Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with the Somerset hazardous materials task force were called to East 4th Street, and Tobacco Road in Laurel County on Tuesday evening.

Quick thinking led police to several buckets containing potentially dangerous ingredients.

Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said his officers were holding a traffic stop in response to a stolen trailer when the incident occurred around 4.

"The pickup truck pulling the trailer actually jumped the curb and jarred the trailer a little bit," said Acciardo. "Officers arrested the driver and we had an outstanding warrant for him."

The driver was 35-year-old Joshua B. Sizemore.

When officers opened the trailer to see what exactly was inside, deputies said fumes just about knocked them down.

"Our officers were wise enough to know there was a problem by the odor that was coming from the trailer and they closed it and immediately closed it back up," Acciardo said.

The hazmat team found five, five gallon buckets.

"Methyl methacrylate which is a concrete sealer, that's in layman's terms, but it has the same problems," Acciardo said. "It's highly flammable and the vapors are very dangerous."

Officers said all containers were sealed and there is no risk.

"If the seal had been broken and a spark anywhere nearby had went off near one of those containers it could have exploded," said Acciardo.

The Environmental Protection Agency took custody of the items.

Sizemore was charged with his initial bench warrant for tampering with physical evidence. He could face additional charges.

He is at the Laurel County Detention Center.

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