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(Port Everglades) – A Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team technician tests for chemicals after workers at Port Everglades noticed liquid leaking from a container just before noon on Monday.  The dock workers off-loaded the container from a ship that arrived from Haiti and notified authorities when they spotted the leak. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and BSO deputies cordoned off the area surrounding 4200 McIntosh Rd. into late Monday afternoon halting operations in the affected Southport section of Port Everglades. Due to the day’s high temperature and prolonged nature of the incident, three of the county’s four Hazardous Materials Teams had to be utilized.

Photo Credit: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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 Hazardous Materials Technicians from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue mitigate a gasoline leak at the BP Products fuel depot at Port Everglades in the evening of Friday, March 7th

Hazardous Materials Technicians from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue mitigate a gasoline leak at the BP Products fuel depot at Port Everglades in the evening of Friday, March 7th. Over a dozen workers were evacuated when a 3/4-inch fuel pipe was broken off a 12-inch main by a crane working at the tank farm’s distribution point. A cargo ship was off-loading fuel when the pipe broke. The continuous leak was contained in the dike area around the tanks. The Port Everglades entrance on State Rd. 84 was shut down to traffic while fire crews handled the situation. Around 8:30 p.m. the State Rd. 84 entrance to the Port was re-opened to traffic. Two fuel company workers exposed to the gasoline when the pipe broke had to be decontaminated, but denied any injuries.

Photo Credit: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue