Kietzke near Mill back open after hazmat investigation

Reno Police and Reno Fire respond to a hazmat situation on Kietzke Ln. near Mill St. Photo courtesy KOLO 8 News Now's Gurajpal Sangha.
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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The Reno Fire Department has identified the chemical that prompted a hazmat investigation, closing down a portion of Kietzke Lane near Mill Street Thursday afternoon.

The first calls came in around 12PM August 8, 2019.

The fire department says two workers were in a drain pipe when they started to feel nauseous. They were reportedly exposed to ethylene oxide, a colorless gas with a sweet ether-like odor. They were taken to a hospital. No update on their conditions has been released.

Earlier, police asked surrounding businesses to keep people inside during the investigation.

Kietzke between Mill and Automotive Way was closed for about two hours, but has since reopened.

Authorities are trying to determine how the chemicals got into the sewer system. They said it poses no risk to the public. Reno Public Works and the Washoe District Health Department are working to take care of the issue.

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Reno Police and Reno Fire respond to a hazmat situation on Kietzke Ln. near Mill St. Photo courtesy KOLO 8 News Now's Gurajpal Sangha.
Reno Police and Reno Fire respond to a hazmat situation on Kietzke Ln. near Mill St. Photo courtesy KOLO 8 News Now's Gurajpal Sangha.
Reno Police and Reno Fire respond to a hazmat situation on Kietzke Ln. near Mill St. Photo courtesy KOLO 8 News Now's Gurajpal Sangha.