Evacuation order lifted after chemical spill in Fort Pierce

Chemical spill in Fort Pierce. (St. Lucie County Fire District)

People are being allowed back into their homes and businesses following a chemical spill in Fort Pierce.

The evacuations began just before 1 p.m. St. Lucie County Fire Rescue said a truck carrying a mixture of liquid fertilizers overheated, causing the chemicals to react and expel as a gas.

Fort Pierce police and fire crews evacuated an area about a half-mile in each direction from the scene. Police advised those outside of that 1/2 mile radius to shelter in place. St. Lucie Christian on Edwards Road also evacuated as a precaution.

Police closed Selvitz Road, between Edwards Road and Glades Cut Off Road, to give crews space to handle the leak.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The company involved is a distributor for Helena Fertilizer, according to St. Lucie County Fire Rescue.

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