• Chemical spill turns Smyrna creek white

    By: Rikki Klaus

    Updated:

    SMYRNA, Ga. - Hazmat crews are working to clean up 2,300 gallons of chemicals flowing in a creek in Cobb County. The creek runs through the Kenwood subdivision, where neighbors told Channel 2 Action News the milky-white water has a foul smell.

    Cob County firefighters responded to the hazmat calls around 11:30 a.m., but neighbors say they noticed the problem much earlier.

    A hazmat team is working to vacuum a contaminated creek in Smryna that runs along Heather Road.

    Firefighters say 2,300 gallons of automotive cleaning solvent spilled from Apollo Technologies.

    The chemical and aerosol manufacturer operates on Cobb Industrial Boulevard.

    A Fire Department spokesperson says she does not know how the solvent spilled into the creek, which runs through the yards of more than 25 homes.

    "I don't know what could possibly harm my children. So they're going to remain in the house," neighbor Virginia Belizaire said.

    A firefighter told Channel 2's Rikki Klaus fish have already died, and Environmental Protection Agency staff are joining the investigation

    After crews suck up all the contaminated water, they'll have to dig up soil.

    Apollo Technologies has yet to respond to Channel 2's inquiries about the incident.

    Next Up: