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The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department's Hazardous Materials Team responded as part of a full box assignment to NASA Goddard in Greenbelt just before 2:00 pm, Monday, September 28. A chemical reaction had occurred when nitric acid was combined with water. The worker stated there was sudden heat from within the container and a vapor cloud.
NASA Building #11 was immediately and orderly evacuated of all employees. The haz-mat team was briefed by PGFD HM Coordinator Craig Black before donning protective gear and entering the hot zone. Has-Mat techs found negative readings and the container with product still intact.
The building was ventilated by firefighters before NASA officials were allowed to re-enter the building. The four haz-mat techs were decontaminated and had vitals signs recorded before Incident Command gave the all-clear around 4:00 pm.
Images and video by Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO