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H2S concerns prompt emergency response
by Joe Baker
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Kenedy police respond to report of possible H2S release at repair shop on Escondido Street.
Contributed photo Kenedy police respond to report of possible H2S release at repair shop on Escondido Street.
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KENEDY – Emergency workers responded to a report of a possible release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas in Kenedy last week.

Hydrogen sulfide is the chemical compound with the formula H2S. It is a colorless gas with the characteristic foul odor of rotten eggs. It is heavier than air, very poisonous, corrosive, flammable, and explosive.

According to information from the Kenedy police department, at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, officers were dispatched to a maintenance facility at the 1300 block of Escondido Street.

When the arrived, officers were told by employees at the facility that fumes and smoke were seen coming from a trailer at the facility that was there for repairs. The trailer had been in use for oil and gas related work.

“At that time they evacuated the immediate area,” said Kenedy Police Chief Duane DuBose.

The Kenedy Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and put on protective gear and clothing to investigate the area.

Local businesses in the area were evacuated and traffic rerouted as a precautionary measure.

“The fire department did testing and determined that the scene was secure,” DuBose said, noting that there were no unacceptably high levels of H2S or any other hazards at the scene.

There were no injuries or adverse affects to anyone as a result of the incident.
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