Acid spill on road in Portsmouth

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A BARREL containing acid came off a lorry forcing a major road in Portsmouth to close.

Four fire crews were sent to Burrfields Road - the stretch between Copnor Road and Dundas Lane - as some of the acid had spilled onto the road.

The call came shortly before 8.50am today and both lanes of the road were closed so firefighters could clear the acid and ensure the scene was safe.

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We were called shortly before 8.50am as a barrel containing acid had slipped off a lorry.

‘There was a small spillage from the barrel and we sent two crews from Southsea, one from Cosham, and the special equipment unit also from Cosham, to clear it up.

‘There was no harm to the public.’

The road closure, which caused delays for motorists, was reopened at 10.30am.