A suspicious plastic barrel was emitting vapors yesterday in the vicinity of Kula Hospital. At 2:30 p.m., Maui Fire Department Engine 13 from Kula along with Hazmat 10 responded to the corner of Kula Highway and Kamehameiki Road for plastic barrel with unknown contents.
Upon arrival, fire units observed the 30-gallon barrel emitting vapors. A 300-foot exclusion zone was set up around the perimeter of this container. Kula Highway was closed to traffic by 2:45 p.m. between Kula Ace Hardware and the Post office. The top and bottom of Kamehameiki Road was also closed to traffic. Kula highway was reopened at around 7 p.m. and Kamehameiki Road at around 9 p.m.hours. Maui Police assisted with maintaining traffic control and advising residences of the possible danger from the unknown chemical. Some people evacuated, no count given how many.
Hazardous Materials personnel investigated and determined from the labeling that the product in the barrel was Hydrogen Peroxide 35 percent. They also took samples from the barrel and confirmed it to be hydrogen peroxide. The container was secured and scheduled to be picked up by a hazardous material disposal company. No injuries have been reported.