Hazardous material spill in Aiken County causes detours

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AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – (UPDATE 6:20 p.m.) The gas cannisters discovered in a ditch off Boggy Gut Road by a utility crew working in the area each weigh 150lbs. One of them is significantly degraded and is off-gassing.

The cannisters did not come from SRS. However, the SRS fire department responded to the scene because they were located off Highway 278 on SRS property. The quantities of material in the cannisters is unknown at this time.

Highway 278 is back open.


(UPDATE 4:56 p.m.) Aiken County Emergency Management Division notified DHEC of two abandoned cylinders containing Chlorine.

DHEC staff responded to Hwy 278 at the request of Savannah River Site.


A hazardous material spill has 13 miles of HWY 278 shut down between SC-19 and Mount Beulah Road.

South Carolina Department of Public Safety is providing traffic support in aid to Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

       Detours are in place:

  • US-278 to SC-19 to US-78
  • US-278 to Mount Beulah Rd to US-78

WJBF is still attempting to learn the nature of the hazardous material that has caused the road closure; currently, ACSO is classifying it as a “chemical spill.”

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