SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Simpsonville mayor said a hazmat situation on Old Veechdale Road was caused by a rotting barrel of chlorine buried underground.
Mayor Steve Eden said a water house used to be where homes now stand and the barrel was probably buried there years ago. The barrel most likely rotted, causing the chlorine to leak.
"From back in the 50s there is an old abandoned water system here and we think somebody buried a couple of cylinders, old abandoned chlorine cylinders, and they have just started ruptured over the years, started leaking and just happens to be in the back yard of these peoples' houses," Eden said.
State officials will dig up the barrel Monday and replace the dirt in the area.
No evacuations were necessary, Eden said, but residents in the area were asked to stay in their homes while crews investigated the cause. Eden also said there is no health risks associated with the situation.