Update: Streets Reopen In London After Chemical Scare

Update: Streets Reopen In London After Chemical Scare

Streets in the Tobacco Road and 4th Street area in east London are open again after being temporarily shutdown after two barrels of a potentially hazardous chemical were found in a trailer during a traffic stop.
Streets in east London reopened early Tuesday evening after being shutdown around 4:00 p.m. due to a chemical scare.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said deputies pulled over the driver of a pickup truck that was pulling a suspected stolen trailer at 4th Street and Tobacco Road.
 
Investigators said they detected a strong chemical smell coming from the trailer where they discovered two placard barrels containing a potentially hazardous chemical that could explode and give off hazardous vapors.

As a precaution, streets in the area were closed and motorists were told to avoid the area.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said the barrels were over packed and safely removed from the trailer.  No leaks were discovered.

Investigators said the driver of the pickup truck that was hauling the chemicals in the trailer, Joshua B. Sizemore, 35, of London, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Tampering With Physical Evidence.

He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Investigators said additional charges were pending in the investigation.
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