At 2:00 pm Saturday, Contra Costa County Fire responded to a report of a possible HAZMAT incident at Henkel Corporation on Willow Pass Road in Bay Point.
According to Battalion Chief Rich Sonsteng stated that two products were mixed together and in this case, the catalysis caused the product to boil out of its container and heat up excessively to the point where it started to smoke.
Contra Costa County Hazmat was requested to the scene but were later cancelled by CONFIRE.
By about 3:00 pm, the process ran its course and cooled off after mixing but did contaminated the building.
“Currently the spill is contained to the room where the product mixing takes place, the room is designed for these types of emergencies so there is really no contamination off site,” explained Sonsteng. “There is no longer a threat to the plant personnel or public.”
An evacuation of about 32-employees occurred and cause the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office to shut down Willow Pass Road in both directions for about 90-minutes.
No injuries were reported and the plant will be in partial operation the next few days while they clean up the incident.