FAIRFIELD, CT, October 8, 2011: Fairfield Fire Marshal Bill Kessler was on the scene for Hazardous Materials Collection Day in Veterans’ Park this afternoon at about 1:15 when a town resident opened their trunk to dispose of a variety of materials, including a glass pint container of tetrahydrofuran. The chemist from collection contractor Clean Harbors determined that the material may have become unstable and reactive, resulting in calls to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the State Police Emergency Services Unit.
While awaiting their response, Fairfield Police closed a portion of Reef Road in the area of One Rod Highway as fire personnel cordoned off a one-hundred and fifty foot safety perimeter. With Fairfield Fire Engine 1 and Ladder 1, Shift Commander Stephen Curry, and Fire Marshal Kessler standing by, along with Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department’s Rescue 15 which had been assisting in the annual collection day, ESU units “rendered safe” the material at approximately 4:15pm, detonating it on site. “To my knowledge there was no criminal activity involved in this event,” concluded Kessler.

By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

Leave a Reply