Hydrochloric acid spill at Sharp’s Brewery

Firefighters received a 999 call from a industrial unit near Rock, North Cornwall, early yesterday morning, where a spillage had occurred involving a significant quantity of hydrochloric acid. The incident occurred at Sharp’s Brewery, Rock, makers of the world-famous Doom Bar. The brewery produces more than a million pints of beer a week at the unit.

Three appliances from Wadebridge, Delabole and Bodmin were mobilised, along with an Environmental Support Vehicle and Support Pump from Saltash, and an Incident Command Unit from Launceston.

Up to 1000 litres of hydrochloric acid had leaked from a container into a contained drainage system. No casualties were involved. Specialists were involved in the clean up which posed no threat to the locality or the environment.

Teams from Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance Service, Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency, South West Water and Public Health England were all alerted to assist following the spillage.

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