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January 18, 2011 > Unknown substance found in Penitencia Creek, Milpitas

Unknown substance found in Penitencia Creek, Milpitas

Submitted By Fire Captain Rick Frawley, Milpitas Fire Department

Milpitas Fire Department units responded to a report of an unknown substance in Penitencia Creek adjacent to 1300 South Main Street on Tuesday, January 11. Arriving units found an unidentified product in the creek which apparently originated in the City of San Jose. Preliminary hazard identification and sampling of the product was conducted and responsible parties and stakeholder agencies were advised including Santa Clara Valley Water Authority, San Jose Fire Department, California Department of Fish and Game, California State Office of Emergency Services, and United States Coast Guard. Santa Clara County Water Authority arrived on scene and was advised of all findings. The substance dissipated and no obvious source of the product was identified.

No injuries were reported during this incident and no obvious damage to wildlife occurred in the creek. The Milpitas Fire Prevention Division is currently investigating the incident.

Responding units included one Milpitas Engine company, one Milpitas hazardous material unit with Specialist capabilities, one Milpitas Truck Company/USAR, one Milpitas Battalion Chief, one Milpitas Fire Department hazardous materials inspector, one Milpitas Arson Investigator, one Milpitas City Engineer representative, and the Santa Clara County Valley Water Authority.

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