Update -- 2:50 p.m.: The entrance to Hankins Road was reopening following a chemical spill that happened at around 1 p.m today.

Marion Fire Chief Ray McDaniel said he and other first responders are waiting on a hazmat team from Asheville to assess the situation. The road was blocked but no one was evacuated because of the spill. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Craig Walker said the spill involved a barrel of corrosive acidic material used to clean the hooves of large animals. Approximately 250 gallons spilled. Marion firefighters and police officers and emergency officials remained on the scene.

The barrel came from a truck at Rhinehart’s Saw & Lawn Equipment. The chemical flowed through the parking lot and into a drain, according to reports at the scene.


Emergency workers are at the scene of a chemical spill on U.S. 221 North Business in Marion that has closed that road as well as the Hankins Road entrance.

The spill involved a 550-gallon barrel of a potentially hazardous material, according to emergency radio traffic. This is a developing story.

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