Spill near Deadwood Avenue prompts response from Hazmat

RAPID CITY, S.D.— Earlier this afternoon, Rapid City Fire Department and Hazmat were on the scene of an apparent oil spill in the area of Deadwood Avenue and Cement Plant Road at Dales Tires.

The spill was caused by a forklift hitting a nozzle on a on the tank valve. The container holds up to 1,400 gallons of material. Approximately 800 gallons were reported to have been in the container at the time of the incident

The material on the ground was discovered to be Beet Juice Tire Ballast, produced by Rimguard. According to the material safety data sheets (MSDS) provided by Rimguard It is an organic, biodegradable, nontoxic compound. According to staff at Dales tire, the material is much like molasses in that it is very “sticky and messy”.

Despite MSDS information that the material is soluble in water and non-toxic, measures were taken to prevent the material from entering potential waterways. RCFD crews on scene continued defensive operations to ensure the product was not allowed to spread further.

According to a tweet from the Rapid City Fire Department, there is no public safety threat, and no threat to the environment from this spill.

The City of Rapid City Public Works was on scene to assess if the product had entered the storm water system. At the time of this release, it is believed that the product was stopped before reaching the storm water system.

“It sounded like it was going to be a major hazardous materials incident, turns out it was beet juice, which is a good thing,” said Jim Bussel, RCFD Hazmat. “But we are still going to work to perform defensive actions to keep this from spreading.”

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