December 7, 2010 – KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii
A gasoline spill at the Kona Costco forced an evacuation around noon on Tuesday, according to Hawaii County fire officials.
“Copious amounts of gas leaking from underneath a pickup truck” forced the evacuation of people away from scene, fire officials report.
Hazmat crews contained the leaking fuel in a bin. Costco provided a hydrocarbon mitigation agent that “encapsulated the violatile spilled liquid.”
Crews dismantled the bed of the pickup truck but couldn’t stop the leak by plugging the ruptured fuel tank. Instead, they siphoned the fuel directly from the tank into portable containers, lowering the level of the fuel far below the rupture point.
A tow truck later removed the vehicle.
There were no reported injuries.