Hazmat crews were called to the creek after diesel fuel was discovered in the water.
Photo: AJC FILE/JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: AJC FILE/JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

DeKalb investigating after diesel fuel found in creek

Crews are investigating after diesel fuel was found in a DeKalb County creek, officials said Friday.

The diesel was discovered in Wesley Branch tributary, which is near Rock Chapel Road and Hightower Trail in the Lithonia area, the county said in a statement.

DeKalb County Fire Rescue’s hazmat team went to the location Thursday about 1:15 p.m. after a resident reported the issue. Crews used absorbent barriers to contain the fuel, officials said.

A county contractor, HEPACO, is now working to clean up the area.

DeKalb police are looking into how the fuel got into the water. The state Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division were also notified about the incident and have been onsite.

The county urged residents to avoid the area.

Diesel fuel, a petroleum product, is harmful for the environment and can contaminate water. Petroleum products can kill aquatic wildlife and are highly flammable.

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