Illegal dumping leads to four-hour hazmat investigation

Oct. 22, 2010 at 5:22 a.m.

The Victoria Fire Department's hazmat team spent about four hours Friday investigating an unknown white substance that was being dumped from a truck.

Traffic was diverted as the hazmat team checked the substance, said Fire department Battalion Chief Shannon Martin.

"We sampled the substance and it was found to be a non-toxic substance," he said.

The substance was in a tank on a flatbed truck.

It happened west of Aloe behind some trees in a grassy knoll off a feeder road on U.S. Highway 77, said Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor.

The driver, Jeffery Dale Weise, 38, of Victoria, was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant charging failure to appear in court.

The sheriff's office will follow up with illegal dumping charges for him and the two passengers, who were not arrested, O'Connor said.

Weise and the passengers, a man and a woman, told the sheriff's office that the tank was not theirs and that they were just trying to sell the tank and were unaware of what the substance inside actually was, O'Connor said.



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