TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Both sides of Interstate 4 were shut down early Thursday morning after officials received reports about a “cloud with a strong odor” in the area.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, reports of the cloud came in around 1:27 a.m.
Both the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue responded to 6810 E. Chelsea St. to locate the source of the cloud. Upon arrival, officials found that a Florida Chemical Supply company had a container of hydrochloric acid leaking in the storage yard of the facility.
As HCFR worked to contact the company officials and stop the leak, HSCO deputies along with the Florida Highway Patrol shut down both east and westbound lanes on I-4 between 301 and MLK Blvd.
According to officials, a shelter-in-place order was placed for a neighborhood near the scene.
A few hours later, at 4:38 a.m., the order was lifted and the roads were reopened to drivers. HCFR reported that the visible cloud from the chemical spill will go away on its own and that there should be no concern for residents or commuters in the area.
This is a developing story.