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Cleaning agent near Fair Lawn school flushed from storm drain

Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: Someone dumped a cleaning fluid into a storm drain near a Fair Lawn school, which was closed today for the Jewish holiday.

Fair Lawn police, Heavy Rescue, and hazardous materials unit responded to the area of Westmoreland School around noon on reports of a chemical odor.

The chemical was tested and determined to be a neutral cleaning agent, not environmentally harmful.

However, authorities thought it best to flush the drains to dissipate the substance.

A storm drain cover was removed on school property, a hose was hooked up to a nearby hydrant, and the system was flushed with a significant amount of water.

Several youngsters in a nearby playground apparently weren’t bothered by the smell.

STORY / PHOTOS: Boyd A. Loving

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