A view in the evening of the firefighters staged outside the Miracle Recreation Equipment/Playpower main factory in Monett, where emergency crews began work around 4:30 p.m. responding to an acid spill and continued for around four hours. Monett Fire Chief Tom Jones said his firefighters had trained for such a possibility and made a very calculated and exacting response.
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A spill of approximately 150 gallons of acid at the Miracle Recreation/PlayPower main plant on Highway 60 in Monett on Friday, Dec. 7, brought a hazardous materials team and specially equipped vehicle from the Monett Fire Department to the scene for more than four hours.
According to Fire Chief Tom Jones, the spill was confined to two rooms. Firefighters in hazmat suits with breathing apparatuses spread material on the spill to soak it up. No injuries were reported.
Additional hazmat-certified firefighters from Aurora were called in to serve as backup. Jones expected production would continue uninterrupted at the plant over the weekend.
A professional industrial hazmat company would be needed to complete the cleanup.
A Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District crew also stood by at the scene.