Hazmat called to contain gas leaking from 200-gallon tank in back of passenger van in Landover

Hazmat crews were called out to Landover, Maryland, to deal with a container leaking gas from the back of a passenger van, May 15, 2021.

Hazmat crews were called out to Landover, Maryland, to deal with a tank leaking gas from the back of a passenger van, May 15, 2021.

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Hazmat crews were called out to Landover, Maryland, to deal with gas leaking from a 200-gallon tank in the back of a passenger van Saturday, and police are warning residents against further panic-buying.

Prince George’s County police said units from the Prince George’s County Fire Department were called to the 8500 block of Landover Road to investigate reports of gas leaking from the cargo area of the van.

Police told WTOP the container the gas was being stored in was not designed to hold fuel, which may have contributed to the leak.

The operator of the van was not present when the van was found, and no injuries were reported.

Members of the fire department remained on scene to contain the spill.

Police reminded residents that panic-buying was a bad idea, and that it lead to poor decision making and could endanger the public.

After reports broke of the hack on the Colonial Pipeline — which supplies around 45% of the southeastern United States’ gas and oil — reports of people panic-buying gasoline skyrocketed.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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