Update: Lanes reopen on Hwy 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach after chemical spill


All lanes on Highway 17 Bypass were closed Wednesday morning near the backgate in Myrtle Beach due to a chemical spill, according to the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.

Lanes reopened less than two hours after the spill between Palmetto Pointe Boulevard and Farrow Parkway.

Lt. Jonathan Evans with MBFD said pool chemicals fell off a truck about 8:30 a.m. and created a cloud on the highway, which prompted crews to shut down a section of the road.

Capt. Sean Collins said it took 500 gallons of water to dilute the chemical. Less than one gallon of the chemical spilled on the road, he said.

Traffic was diverted to Highway 707 and Kings Highway while crews worked the scene. Officials asked people to avoid the area if possible. A Hazmat team did respond.

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