Prince George’s County Police Officers responding to an activated alarm at a commercial warehouse in Capitol Heights arrived to find that an explosion had occurred. At about 11:15 PM, Thursday, September 10, 2009, Firefighters and the Hazardous Materials Team responded to the TASCO Water Works at 9209 Hampton Overlook, a 1-story commercial establishment in a row of similar warehouses. The front window and two large rolling overhead doors on the rear of the building were blown out and several drums of hazardous materials were found outside of the structure with haz-mat product being exposed and released. There were no injuries and no evacuations were necessary, however, two nearby occupied establishments were told to shelter-in-place and close all windows and doors.
Hazardous Materials crews continue their work in identifying and stabilizing the chemical products and their work will continue into this morning. It is not known at this time what caused the explosion and how many different chemicals are involved.
Firefighters anticipate there will be minimal disruption with traffic flow as this location is located at the end of a cul-de-sac.