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The Latest: Reno streets reopen; no hazmat spill

August 8, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on road closures in Reno due to a hazmat scare (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Authorities have reopened the streets on the edge of downtown Reno that had been closed due to a hazmat scare.

Emergency crews determined there was no public danger about two hours after police shut down several blocks of Kietzke Lane east of downtown shortly after noon Thursday.

Police say a hazmat crew was called in after a member of a city public works crew got sick from fumes while working in a manhole.

Reno Fire battalion chief Dirk Minore told the Reno Gazette Journal it turned out to be ethylene oxide, an industrial cleaner that was present in the sewer for an unknown reason.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ethylene oxide is a colorless, flammable gas with a sweet smell that cause numerous effects when exposed can cause irritation of the eyes and skin.

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1:50 p.m.

Authorities have closed some streets southeast of downtown Reno while emergency crews respond to a possible hazmat situation.

Kietzke Lane is closed in both directions near Roberts Street and traffic is being diverted.

Few details have been released but Reno police say they’ve asked residents and businesses to safely evacuate the area or stay indoors while fire crews and a hazmat team investigate.

Bob Atkins, a Hot August Nights employee helping direct traffic off Kietzke, told the Reno Gazette Journal he was told the incident is some sort of gas leak.

Streets were closed at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

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