ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – All roads on the Isle of Palms have reopen following an hours-long closure due to a fuel spill at a Circle K gas station on Palm Boulevard.
According to officials, the incident started around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning when a fuel tanker was delivering fuel at the gas station.
Officials estimate nearly 2,100 gallons of fuel was spilled in the area, leading to portions of Palm Boulevard and the IOP Connector being closed for several hours.
Mt. Pleasant Hazmat, Isle of Palms Fire and Police Departments, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Department of Health and Environmental Control and U.S. Coast Guard all assisted in cleanup efforts.
Crews used foam, barricades, filters and more to minimize environmental impacts and reopen the road.
Chief Kevin Cornett explained that they used “absorbents down to try to absorb all of that liquid because some of that liquid will stay puddled up and so they put the absorbent down to try to collect that and then they could sweep it up.”
Residents and visitors reported a strong smell of fuel in the surrounding area:
“You could definitely smell a lot of gas fumes,” says Donovan Vedad who was staying near the gas station with friend.
The impacts and cause of the spill is still being investigated.