MANTECA (CBS13) – Mandatory evacuations were ordered after a large chemical spill was reported in the city of Manteca.
The spill happened in the area of Bessemer Avenue and Carnegie Street — just north of highway 120. A forklift is said to have punctured a container of hydrochloric acid.
Evacuations are in place in the nearby areas of Industrial Park, South Main Street, Yosemite Avenue and Powers Avenue, according to Manteca Police Department spokesperson Marci Jones.
“They’re trying to stabilize the area…and asking everyone to shelter in place,” said an official on the scene.
People living in surrounding areas are urged to close all windows and doors while the spill is cleaned up.
Nearby Manteca High School and Lincoln Elementary School are also closed as a result of the spill.