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Multiple agencies respond to HAZMAT situation on Monteagle mountain Friday

Over 15 area agencies responded to a potentially dangerous hazardous material spill on Monteagle mountain Friday morning – a spill that led to a “shelter in place” order by law enforcement that lasted approximately 4 hours.

Among the responding agencies were Manchester Fire & Rescue Department, Coffee County EMA and Homeland Security and Tullahoma Fire Department.

A tanker being hauled by an 18-wheeler apparently ruptured and began spilling hazardous material onto the ground – a material later identified as Chlorobutane, which is highly flammable.

Multiple agencies were able to establish measures to mitigate damage and a clean-up contractor was called to the scene to ensure the materials was properly cleaned and the environment was returned to its natural state. No serious injuries were reported.

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The rupture happened behind Shan Chinese Restaurant. What exactly caused the tank to rupture remains under investigation.

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