PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A water plant supervisor noticed a chlorine cylinder leaking at the Charlotte Correctional Institution, just after 1:00 p.m.
A Hazmat team responded to the scene, located at 33123 Oil Well Road. No evacuations were necessary.
Charlotte CI Warden Thomas Reid said, “All staff and inmates have been moved to a safe distance. There is no danger to staff or inmates. The wind is in our favor.”
Arrangements were made to contact a company to provide a container to place the leaking cylinder into and transport the cylinder out of the facility. The company providing the container for the cylinder was traveling from Tampa, so it took approximately two hours for them to arrive on the scene. Once on the scene, the cylinder was placed in the container without incident and that procedure took approximately 30 minutes. Emergency workers monitored the area for air quality to ensure they were no hazards and clear the scene approximately 6:00 p.m.
The chlorine gas is used to purify the water system.