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Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:00 am

Beckman Road was closed for almost two hours Wednesday while Lodi firefighters investigated a container of suspicious liquid.

Final test results are still pending, but they believe the container held herbicide and likely fell off a truck, said Lodi Fire Battalion Chief Ron Heberle. But strict state laws regarding hazardous materials required a full investigation, including plastic suits with air masks.

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  • posted at 2:04 pm on Thu, May 20, 2010.


    To All, You probably dont understand how things work. Let me fill you in. There are many positions that need to be filled for a Haz Mat spiill. This is not a Dept. Standard, But a state and Federal standard. The City of Lodi F.D. adheres to these standards to the T. Protecting the citizens of this community are #1 and if having to close down an intersection for a little while is no big deal!

  • posted at 11:11 am on Thu, May 20, 2010.


    Of course if they did NOT respond and the container contained hazardous chemicals - people would complain that they did not respond.

  • posted at 9:18 am on Thu, May 20, 2010.


    Spoken like a true fireman....you can try to justify it all you want, but it doesnt change the facts. HUGE waste of resources....

  • posted at 7:07 am on Thu, May 20, 2010.


    What if this container had chemicals dumped from a nearby Meth Lab? In this area this happens all the time and you cannot be too safe. I would much reather have the fire department respond as they did. We are already paying them to be on duty and it is good practice for hazardous chemicals.

  • posted at 3:53 am on Thu, May 20, 2010.


    I count 9 different firemen on site just from the pictures alone. What a JOKE !!

  • posted at 3:49 am on Thu, May 20, 2010.


    What a wonderful waste of resources....hahaha. I'm sure all those Fire Captains and Chiefs were necessary to pick up that container of Round-Up. The minimum wage college kid at Lowe's picks those up too. That's our Fire Dept for you. The same ones who drove the big firetruck to the end of their own building with a FULL crew to unlock a lady's car in the parking lot of the City Finance Dept. Mind you....THEIR OWN BUILDING.

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