Firefighters contain acid spill in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids firefighters continue to deal with a hydrochloric acid spill at a Cargill plant.

City officials say the acid leak was reported around 7:30 a.m. Sunday after a truck driver noticed that acid was leaking out of his semitrailer tank.

Firefighters strapped an air bag to the side of the tank to stop the leak from nickel-sized hole shortly after 1 p.m. But the rest of the acid in the trailer still had to be unloaded.

Hydrochloric acid is extremely corrosive but it has many industrial uses.

Officials say the acidic mist that surrounded the area in the morning has dissipated.

No injuries have been reported.

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