INDUSTRY — A hazardous material spill at an Azusa Avenue business prompted evacuations early Friday, authorities said.
About 740 pounds of what was ultimately determined to be chlorazene, a toxic chemical used to kill bacteria in Whirlpool-style bath tubs, spilled form a shelf just before 7 a.m. inside a business in the 500 block of South Azusa Avenue, just north of Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Quvondo Johnson said.
Officials sent hazardous material crews to the scene and evacuated about 130 residents from nearby home, as well as advised employees of nearby businesses to shelter in place, fire officials said. The spill occurred in an outdoor area on the site of a business.
The granulated, sandy substance had been identified and isolated by 11 a.m., and evacuation orders were lifted, fire Battalion Chief Jon O’Brien said.
The cause of the spill remained under investigation.
Chlorazene is corrosive to skin and can cause asthmatic symptoms and irritation if inhaled. People with pre-existing skin or respiratory conditions may especially susceptible to the effects of the chemical.