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Chemical reaction causes yellow cloud, nasty smell in Palm Beach Country Estates

Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 23:52:48-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is investigating a yellow cloud and nasty smell caused by a chemical reaction in Palm Beach Country Estates.


Officials said crews responded to the area of 154th Court N. and 89th Avenue N. around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, a contractor was doing routine maintenance on a well when there was a malfunction and acid accidentally went into the well, triggering a chemical reaction.

The reaction also caused a minor boom, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Albert Borroto said the water supply is safe to drink, and there no concerns about air quality for residents. There are also no evacuations or injuries at this time.

"At this time it's not a danger," said Capt. Borroto. "We just want to neutralize it and get it cleaned up."

Fire Rescue crews don't have a timeline for how long it'll take to neutralize the acid, according to Capt. Borroto.

This is a developing story. Stay with WPTV for updates.

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