A street in El Sobrante has reopened after fire crews and a
hazardous materials team finished removing an estimated 2,000 used hypodermic
needles that spilled onto the roadway early Tuesday morning.
The spill was reported just after 5 a.m. on Santa Rita Road near
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crews used brooms and
shovels to pick up the needles and put them back in the container they
appeared to have come from, Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said.
A county hazardous materials team was also sent to the scene.
"They are addressing any liquid that might have been on the road
as a precaution," said Devra Lewis, a hazardous materials specialist with
Contra Costa Health Services.
She said the team planned to use a bleach solution to clean the
roadway in case any biological matter had spilled.
No injuries have been reported, Lewis said.
It remains unclear how the needles got onto the roadway or what
they had been used for, California Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen said.
"We got a call in early this morning that they were out there ...
People are definitely encouraged to call that type of stuff in," he said.
The roadway was shut down for the cleanup but reopened at about