FIREFIGHTERS IN ROAD

Lenoir firefighters investigate a spill of about 25 gallons of industrial-strength roof sealant on Hibriten Drive near Barcose Street.

Five buckets of American WeatherStar roof sealant spilled on Hibriten Drive on Wednesday, and cleanup could be costly, the Lenoir Fire Department said.

Five 5-gallon buckets of sealant spilled on Hibriten Drive near railroad tracks, probably from the back of a passing vehicle, Assistant Chief Chris Jacobs said.

“They may not even realize it came off,” he said.

The gray, oozing sealant spread all over the road, threatening but not reaching a nearby creek.

Cleanup could cost the city $1,000 or more, depending on what has to be done. Sealant isn’t easily washed away like paint, so the city may hire STAT Environmental Services, a local environmental cleanup company, to do it.

“Cleanup’s not that bad. It’s after the fact, what I gotta do to get rid of it,” Jacobs said, adding that getting the sealant off the road may involve putting sand on it and then burning it off.

While Jacobs was talking, a woman approached and said that she had driven through the sealant, and it had splashed onto her car and would not wash off.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.