BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities say only one lane heading northbound remains blocked on US 61 (Scenic Highway) at Blount Road in Baton Rouge after a gas spill Friday afternoon.
The right northbound lane is the only lane still blocked as the road was closed at the scene of a gas spill. Officials said the left northbound lane and all southbound lanes have reopened.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported fuel that spilled onto Scenic from a pipe in the Scotlandville area.
The spill happened not far from ExxonMobil Chemical, but officials said the pipeline company is separate from the chemical company.
They added there is gasoline in ditches along Scenic and it is closed as a precaution because of the heat. They explained the heat makes the vapors rise easily and they don't want big trucks or the wind to spread those vapors.
Exxon Mobil released the following details:
The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) said the leak has been contained and there is no immediate danger to the public.
Mayor Kip Holden asked people to avoid the area to allow equipment to be moved in so first responders can get the spill cleaned.