Fuel Spill Causes Scare Outside White House

Truck sprung a leak on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Monday, Feb 7, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Fuel Spill Causes Scare Outside White House

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Hazmat crews lined up along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House Monday morning, but it turned out to be nothing more than some spilled fuel.

Secret Service Spokesman Max Milien said the truck was leaving the White House grounds when it sprang a leak.  A D.C. hazardous materials team arrived soon after and ensured the scene was safe.  Workers poured sand and gravel on the fuel to soak it up and then used brooms to collect the residue.  Milien said the fuel did not pose any danger.

The spill took place ahead of a late-morning speech by President Obama at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is across from the White House.

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