Overnight chemical spill in Loudoun County cleared

WASHINGTON – A chemical spill overnight in Loudoun County is cleaned up and there’s no danger to the public.

Deputy Chief Randall Shank of the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management tells WTOP the spill happened at Viasystems, an electronic manufacturing company at 1200 Severn Way in Sterling, Va., around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Ten to 20 gallons of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, spilled and splashed into a 30-year-old man’s face.

By the time Loudoun County Fire and Rescue arrived the man had decontaminated himself, but he was still taken to a hospital to get checked out.

The public is safe.

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