Chemical leaks into Norton creek, turns water blue

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NORTON, Ohio- A leak at the Barberton Water Treatment Plant caused a creek in Norton to turn bright blue on Tuesday.

Norton Fire Chief Mike Schultz said a holding tank at the plant in Norton leaked out into a creek near Barber and Wadsworth roads.

The chemical is similar to diatomaceous earth, which is used in swimming pools, according to the fire chief. He said there are no harmful vapors and it will not explode, but it will change the pH of the water.

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the scene.

Schultz said creek water is being pumped into a storm sewer to send it back to the plant for treatment. They are also flushing fresh water down stream to dilute the substance.

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