Smoke Leads To Possible Hazardous Materials Discovery In Nanuet

Drums of potentially hazardous liquids found after smell of smoke reported in a Main Street building in Nanuet.


A report of a smell of smoke at 121 Main Street in Nanuet led to the discovery of five 55-gallon drums of potentially hazardous materials on Monday afternoon. The Rockland County Hazardous Material Unit determined one drum contained light mineral oil, one drum contained kerosene, and three drums contained a mixture of the two substances.

Clarkstown Police Sergeant Jo Anne Fratianni reported building and code violations are pending. A private contractor removed the barrels at the building owner’s expense.

The Nanuet Fire Department and Clarkstown Police Department arrived at the scene at about 12:40 p.m. and determined the smoke was coming from a basement furnace.  The Clarkstown Fire Inspector investigated and found five 55-gallon metal drums being stored there and called the Hazardous Material Unit to identify the contents.


Bruce Cohen February 20, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Why would anyone mix mineral oil with kerosene??. They must have been major league constipated.
Charles Blight April 29, 2013 at 04:06 PM
The mix is used in rough machining.


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