Emergency workers in protective suits work a hazardous materials spill that has closed portions off the 900 block of Walnut Street in Boulder.
Photo by Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken
Emergency workers in protective suits work a hazardous materials spill that has closed portions off the 900 block of Walnut Street in Boulder. Photo by Paul Aiken

BOULDER, Colo. –

The Boulder Chophouse was evacuated Friday evening after employees accidentally mixed together cleaning solutions, creating a foaming, hazardous brew.

Firefighters closed off a section of Walnut Street just before 6 p.m. while members of the hazardous materials team worked to clean up the toxic mix.

Three employees were exposed to the fumes, but none experienced any serious symptoms, police said.

Firefighters think employees poured cleaning product containing hydrochloric and phosphoric acids into a container with bleach residue, causing a reaction that formed a potentially toxic gas.

The scene was cleared by 9:45 p.m., police said.

Archived comments

Meat is Murder !

TheBitterTruth

3/20/2009 7:43:35 PM

Some call it “hazardous material.”Some call it “dinner.”

ThatCertainWoman

3/20/2009 7:54:38 PM

Mmmmmm… Tasty murderous hazardous material..uuuaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

Own guns and eat meat!

xxx

3/20/2009 8:16:24 PM

But is the restaurant still open…I’m hungry.

fardila@hotmail.com

3/20/2009 8:46:52 PM

HazMat … It’s what’s for Dinner !

TheBitterTruth

3/20/2009 8:48:22 PM

In this economy, many restaurants are looking for alternate sources of revenue. Sounds like they were looking for the magic meth mix.

Flyonthewall

3/21/2009 2:23:07 AM

“Meat is Murder !”

LOL….silly Boulder kook

Harvest a cow, harvest an egg, harvest a plant to eat.You’re killing them all.

Don’t be afraid to go blackened-a good cajun & black pepper crust can make a good steak a KILLER one!

ttinco

3/21/2009 5:18:48 AM

The Chophouse will be open Saturday evening.

boogieboy

3/21/2009 3:19:02 PM

Who will be getting chopped?

Danimal

3/21/2009 4:16:45 PM

Foam party at the Chophouse?I am so there!

wellendowedmilkman

3/21/2009 6:59:37 PM

BYOHZMTSUIT.

ThatCertainWoman

3/21/2009 7:44:34 PM

Hey TBT, I remember that album, the best song was How Soon is Now? Thanks for the reminder!

native

3/21/2009 8:58:58 PM