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Fumes cause concern but pose no serious problems

October 28, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Some McConnellsburg residents had a few uneasy moments Friday morning when fumes from a petroleum-based spill were discovered coming from the borough's storm sewer system along a portion of Main Street, emergency services officials said.

It was layer determined that only a few gallons of the material was in the system, a state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said.

It did enter Big Cove Creek, which runs through part of the borough, but the local fire department managed to contain the spill with booms in the creek, McConnelburg Volunteer Fire Department Chief Peter Lynch said.

Lynch said residents along Poplar Street and parts of Main Street were asked if they wanted to be evacuated, but all refused.

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Robert J. Kachonik, from the Department of Environmental Protection's Altoona office, investigated the spill.

He said it was petroleum-based, but didn't know if it was gasoline or fuel oil. He said area gas stations and businesses were checked to see if any had reported leaking tanks but nothing showed up.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews cleaned the water from culverts in the area where the spill was reported.

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