'Controlled explosion' in West Ashley as fire dept. disposes of hazardous chemicals

Hazmat in West Ashley neighborhood (WCIV)

The Charleston Fire Department used a controlled explosion Friday to dispose of "volatile" chemicals found in a West Ashley neighborhood.

Fire marshal Mike Julazadeh says the response was for a potentially dangerous substance found at a home on Fitzroy Drive in the Shadowmoss subdivision shortly after 1 p.m. Friday.

A resident in the area was moving items from their garage when they came across old chemicals, and notified 911, according to the fire department.

CFD says Charleston Police responded to the scene and then requested the CFD Harardous Materials Team and the Charleston Police Department Bomb Squad.

Emergency personnel isolated the area and evacuated five homes in the immediate area for caution, the fire department said.

The fire department says the CPD Bomb Squad determined the hazardous chemicals in the garage weren't fit for transportation, and had to be removed on site.

Hazmat crews executed a controlled explosion to remove the chemicals shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday. Officials have not identified the chemicals in question as of 6 p.m.

Julazadeh says DHEC investigators have met with the homeowner, and they are requiring him to hire a commercial hazmat company to dispose of additional chemicals that were determined not to be life-threatening.

The following streets were closed as crews worked in the area.

  • Glenkirk at Shadowmoss Pkwy
  • Skymen Dr at Shadowmoss Pkwy
  • Fitzroy Dr at Shadowmoss Pkwy
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