Updated: 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010 | Posted: 1:49 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010
Forsyth County road reopened; chemical barrels removed
By Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Forsyth County road was reopened Thursday afternoon after authorities removed two chemical drums that were found in the area.
The abandoned drums were discovered Thursday morning along Chattahoochee Road northeast of Cumming. The road was reopened around 1:20 p.m., according to Capt. Jason Shivers, spokesman for the Forsyth County Fire Department.
Chattahoochee Road was closed between Holzclaw and Shady Grove roads for more than two hours.
According to Shivers, the labels on the drums indicated they contained an oxidizer, but the material turned out to be some type of oil-and-water mixture.
Shivers said the barrels were loaded into a larger container and removed by Williams Transport of Flowery Branch. They will be taken to a facility where tests will be run to determine exactly what is in them, Shivers said.
Shivers said none of the material leaked from the barrels.
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