NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A worker was injured Wednesday morning in a “possible” hazardous materials (hazmat) incident while working on the USS Mesa Verde, officials say.
Dispatch received a call about a hazmat situation with injuries on Ligon Street around 10 a.m.
Battalion Chief Harry Worley, of Norfolk Fire-Rescue, said the worker was cutting through a pipe on the Mesa Verde at General Dynamics when some material splashed onto his face shield.
Worley said this surprised the worker, causing him to jump back or fall. He was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Following this incident, Worley said there was a smell consistent with rotten eggs in the air — prompting an evacuation of the area. None of the material made it into the Elizabeth River, according to Worley.
According to a tweet from fire-rescue, the leak was secured.