Petroleum Spills Into Stream Near Arlington Dog Park

People and their pets are advised to avoid a stream in Arlington, Virginia after officials found an oily sheen on the water due to the spill of a petroleum product. 

A chemical spill was reported in the Four Mile Run stream south of South Walter Reed Driver about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Arlington County Fire Department. 

The substance identified as a petroleum product was spotted near the popular Shirlington Dog Park, where pets romp in the water. The source of the spill and the amount leeched into the water is still unknown. 

The fire department and Arlington Department of Environmental Services placed long water traps called booms into the water to contain the product, the fire department tweeted. Both groups are currently investigating the incident.

Pets and their owners are instructed to avoid the creek between Walter Reed Drive and Mount Vernon Avenue until further notice.

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