Around 400 gallons of hazardous materials were spilled Sunday at Costco in Baxter and the driver handling the material suffered minor injuries, it was learned Tuesday.
Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said that a driver with The Lubrizol Corporation in Ohio, a company that is contracted with Costco, was filling the gas tanks with a fuel additive when it shot the chemicals into the air seven to eight feet and he “was caught in a shower.” Stunek said the driver was treated for chemical decontamination on scene.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to the call at 12:53 p.m. at Costco on 13650 Elder Drive in Baxter, which has not yet opened.
Stunek said around 10 firefighters were busy cleaning up the spill and they were on scene until around 8 p.m. Sunday.
“The site is safe and there is no danger to the public,” said Stunek on the spill. “The MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) has been called numerous times.”
The MPCA Brainerd office is investigating the spill, but no one was available Tuesday to provide specific details on the spill. The MPCA investigates any spill that is more than five gallons.
Calls were made to Costco, but were not immediately returned.