A chemical spill at the Norfolk Southern rail yard Wednesday in Danville had the potential of an explosive disaster but was contained without incident or evacuation of nearby residents.
Seven pounds of calcium carbide, a chemical used for welding, spilled out of a flatbed rail car Wednesday at the rail yard near Fourth Street, said Donna Peek, public information officer.
No chemicals were detected in the air, and Boyle County emergency officials said there was no danger to Danville residents.
Danville firefighters and state hazard materials officials were called out after railroad personnel noticed scorch markings on the railcar about 2 p.m.
The car was isolated, and the material was sent back to the manufacturer on a different rail car. The scene was cleared about 1 a.m. today.