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Hazmat incident forces evacuations in South Salt Lake

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 18, 2024

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Evacuations were ordered and streets were blocked off following a Hazmet incident Tuesday near Interstate 15 in South Salt Lake.

Unified Fire received a call around noon from a business at in the area of 3900 South and 250 West, which is located just east of the highway. According to officials, an unidentified chemical had a reaction inside a 55-gallon barrel outside the building.

The barrel became very hot and white smoke began spewing out, forcing the call to the fire department.

Evacuations took place at the business and the shop next door. Utah Transit Authority shut down the northbound and southbound TRAX systems for a short while, but it has since resumed service and the evacuations were lifted.