Poisonous gas leak actually malfunctioning detector - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Poisonous gas leak actually malfunctioning detector

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- Spokane Valley Assistant Fire Marshall Bill Clifford says reports of a Hydrogen Cyanide leak were caused by a malfunctioning chemical detector at the HoneyWell plant. It happened in the 15000 block of east Euclid Avenue.

First calls of a leak came in about 2 Tuesday morning. HoneyWell emergency personnel on site were alerted to what they thought was a leak by the chemical detector. Crew supervisors immediately sent about 100 employees home.

Due to the type of the type of poisonous gas involved - Hydrogen Cyanide - HoneyWell crews called the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Firefighters called HazMat crews to assist in with the efforts to control the leak. After gaining entry to the building, crews realized there was no leak and it was a defective chemical detector giving a false-positive.

Clifford says there is no danger and business at the plant will continue Tuesday as scheduled. All employees were expected to be back to work by 6 Tuesday morning.

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