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Chemical Leak at Cerritos UPS Facility Forces Shutdown, Deliveries Delayed

The incident was reported at 10:03 a.m. at the processing center, 13233 Moore St., according to fire officials.

Chemical containers holding toxic material broke Friday at a UPS processing center in Cerritos, forcing the closure of the busy facility and leaving at least one person overcome by the fumes, a fire dispatcher told Patch.

The incident was reported about 10 a.m. at the UPS processing center, 13233 Moore St., Los Angeles County Supervising Dispatcher Ed Dickett told Patch.

An ambulance took the affected person to an emergency room; the injuries were minor, a fire official said.

The containers holding nitric acid were part of a shipment of six, Dickett said, but it was unclear where they were going.

The fire Hazardous Materials team was called to neutralize the chemical; the warehouse was not cleared for use until 4:30 p.m., Dickett said.

The chemical leak forced the closure of the facility, resulting in the delay of some deliveries, according to a UPS employee. The Cerritos hub is one of the largest UPS facilities in the nation. 

Nitric acid is generally used in making fertilizer, explosives, rocket fuels and to artificially age wood, according to the website, nitricacid.info.

"In the jewelry trade nitric acid can be used as an inexpensive process to identify and assess purity of gold, particularly when in low-grade alloys," the website reads.

Randy Yaka December 01, 2012 at 06:00 AM
oh...and it's 13233 Moore St.
MarieSam Sanchez December 01, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Hey Randy, I was totally thinking about you when this story came out, I remember in one of our Facebook threads you mentioned getting up early everyday for work at UPS :) Sounds like quite a scene, glad you were able to get out in time. Will this delay some deliveries since the facility had to shut down? ~ MarieSam
MarieSam Sanchez December 01, 2012 at 06:10 AM
fixed, thanks so much for pointing that out!!!
Randy Yaka December 01, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Yes...some deliveries didn't make it out and will probably go out for delivery on monday
MarieSam Sanchez December 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Interesting! One of our Cerritos readers said she received a call from an angry customer at her family's business who didn't receive their UPS shipment on Friday as scheduled -- looks like that person may have been one of the delayed deliveries.

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