BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Fifteen workers have been hospitalized and another 35-40 have been transported for observation after a chemical spill at a Birmingham Water Works treatment plant.

Multiple rescue and hazmat units are on the scene in the 2900 block of Shades Crest Road. Highway 280 is reopen after being closed for hours.

Hazmat crews have closed the valves involved at the Shades Mountain Water Treatment Facility.

The spill was caused by Ferric sulfate and Sodium hypochlorite. Effects of breathing in the chemicals include sneezing, nose irritation, throat irritation, nausea, headache, vomiting or a burning sensation, according to the Mountain Brook Police.

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