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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Unknown material found in boat marina

  • Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Hannibal Fire Department met at the Hannibal Boat Marina at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, to decide what to do about some black material that was discovered floating in the water in the northwest corner of the boat marina.
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  • Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Hannibal Fire Department met at the Hannibal Boat Marina at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, to decide what to do about some black material that was discovered floating in the water in the northwest corner of the boat marina.
    It was considered to be non-hazardous, and officers reported they would delay a cleanup operation until Monday.
    Meanwhile a sample was taken, and the Department of Natural Resources was to be contacted to determine how it should be handled.
    Sgt. Greg Leftwich of the state patrol reported he had contacted the HFD after he received the initial report of a substance in the river.
    "It was described as oil," Leftwich said, noting the water in this area of the boat marina, the farthest corner from the river, was not moving.
    The firefighters arrived at the scene, preparing to remove what had been reported as oil.
    "We tried to use an absorbent material," said Assistant Fire Chief Sean Hampton. This was not successful.
    Hampton added that they determined it was not oil, and "considered it was non-hazardous." He said it appeared someone had dumped the unknown material in the water at the boat marina.
    The area involved is approximately 100 square feet, Hampton said. Since the water was not moving, the HFD decided to delay the cleanup process until Monday.
    "We took a sample and will contact the DNR," he said.
    At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Hampton said the DNR had been contacted and on Monday "will determine what to do with it." Meanwhile the fire department will test the sample.

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