Cleveland, OH - Cuyahoga Heights Fire Department was called out to 2910 Harvard Avenue for a reported chemical spill. The location of the spill was at McGean-Rohco INC. Residents were told to evacuate earlier, but can now safely return back to their homes. Harvard Avenue remains closed to traffic.
Eight hundred gallons of liquid nitric acid spilled, releasing a toxic corrosive vapor cloud into the air, causing the evacuations. Hazmat crews flushed Cuyahoga Hts. and Newburgh Hts. hydrants and sewer systems as a precaution.
All residents were evacuated to the Cuyahoga Heights Civic Center, where they remained for nearly three in a half hours. More than one-hundred-sixty residents were evacuated.
Harvard Avenue remains closed in both directions. Residents living between E.49th Street and E.27th Street along with all other side streets in between Newburgh Heights, were evacuated.
McGean is a privately held specialty chemical company with corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and operations throughout the world. The company is a leader in chemical technology for aviation maintenance, and as a supplier of specialty chemicals and batch custom manufacturing.
Major markets serviced are: aviation, general metal finishing, oil exploration and production, adhesives, sheet molded compounds, catalyst, personal care, glass and fibreglass.