Rain water sparks chemical alert

RAIN water sparked a security alert amid fears of a chemical leak in an Ipswich street.The drama unfolded in Starfield Close in the north east of the town shortly after 8pm yesterday , when a liquid was seen dripping from the back of a stationary truck carrying chemical drums.

RAIN water sparked a security alert amid fears of a chemical leak in an Ipswich street.

The drama unfolded in Starfield Close in the north east of the town shortly after 8pm yesterday , when a liquid was seen dripping from the back of a stationary truck carrying chemical drums.

Four fire engines and police cars were sent to the scene and the area was cordoned off.

But after closer inspection, the leak turned out to be rain water which had collected in the rear of the vehicle.

Resident Steven Cates, of nearby Broomfield Road, captured the incident on his digital camera.

He said: “We were being told we might have to evacuate our homes at one point.

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“A fire engine turned up, then another and another until there were four, as well as police.

“We all wondered what was going on.”

Fire crews declared the area safe within 20 minutes.