Police & Fire

Smell of Gasoline in Sanitary Sewer Lines Causes Full Response

Odor of gasoline in sewer lines brings out the HAZMAT team, fire department and police. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Union County HAZMAT Truck 10 responded to the report of the smell of gasoline in the sanitary sewer lines. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Berkeley Heights Fire Truck 4 responded to the smell of gasoline in the sanitary sewer lines on Wednesday, June 28, at 10 Summit Ave. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Berkeley Heights Fire Truck 4 responded to the report of the smell of gasoline in the sanitary sewer lines on Wednesday, June 28, at 10 Summit Ave. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Checking out the situation moments before the incident was declared over is a member of the Union County HAZMAT Team, on the left, and members of the Berkeley Heights Fire Department. Credits: Barbara Rybolt

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Someone apparently dumped a small amount of gasoline into the sanitary sewers lines today, which resulted in a full emergency response to the situation.

Berkeley Heights Fire Chief Anthony Padovano said “The Sewer Treatment Plant supervisor alerted Emergency Department heads after two of his employees detected the odor of gasoline in the sanitary sewer lines.”

Union County HAZMAT Truck #10, Berkeley Heights Fire Truck #4 and Marine 1, and police responded to the alert at about 11:30 a.m.

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The boat was sent to Snyder Avenue, near the bridge, while the HAZMAT truck with Deputy Chief Kane and Capt. Thareldson, and the fire engine went to 10 Summit Ave. 

New Providence also sent an engine as a precaution.

In the end, there was nothing to worry about. The boat was unloaded, but never put in the water, and New Providence’s engine returned home. 

Padovano said, "Someone dumped gasoline,"  but there were “very minor readings detected,” at two locations, the sewer plant and a manhole at 10 Summit Ave. “These quickly dissipated” at both the sewer plant at the manhole.

Firefighter Austin Bucossi had also reported there were very low readings at the manhole.

The scene was declared safe and cleared in less than an hour.



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