1,000 gallons of corn syrup leak from Locust Point tank

Fire department trying to plug leaking valve, official said

November 19, 2011|By Scott Calvert and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

Around 1,000 gallons of corn syrup escaped from a South Baltimore storage tank Friday night, and 300 gallons of the sticky substance wound up in the Inner Harbor before a leaking valve was plugged, fire officials say.

The leak occurred at Westway Feed Products in Locust Point, said fire operation aide Kris Floyd. Fire officials originally reported the location as the nearby Domino Sugar factory.

By 10:30 p.m. Friday, firefighters had set up blockades on Hull Street to keep the syrup from reaching storm drains, Cartwright said Friday night. But Floyd said Saturday that about 300 gallons flowed into drains and then into the harbor.

The Coast Guard was notified, as was the Maryland Department of the Environment. No injuries were reported. Floyd said a private contractor had been called in to complete the cleanup.

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