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September 30, 2013

Explosive chemicals found in trailer

Travel was blocked on East Fourth Street for hours

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office issued a travel advisory for East Fourth Street and Tobacco Road in London Tuesday evening regarding a potential explosion and dangerous vapors risk in that area.

After receiving a tip of a possible stolen trailer, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a black pickup that was pulling a matching trailer. They recognized the man, Joshua B. Sizemore, 35, of London as a wanted individual. Sizemore drove his truck over a large curb before stopping in a business parking lot (Spur) on Fourth Street. Sizemore was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant for tampering with physical evidence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Items in the trailer were suspected to be possible hazardous chemicals were over packed and removed safely without any leaks.

There were four empty 55-gallon drums of resin solution that contained vapors only. There were also five 5-gallon buckets containing methyl methacrylate (concrete sealer) that were full but not leaking. They are also highly flammable and the vapors are harmful.

The Environmental Protection Agency took custody of the containers.

The scene was cleared and normal traffic flow in east London resumed at 7 p.m.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Jason Back to confirm the trailer is stolen, where it was stolen, and why the chemicals were on board. Additional charges are pending. Capt. Rodney Van Zant and Deputy Shane Rice are assisting Back.

Assisting at the scene were the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, London Police Department, London Fire Department, London Public Safety Director, Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management, KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Environmental Response Team, and Pulaski County Hazmat.

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