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3,500 gallons of fuel spilled in Norfolk; Monticello Ave. reopened

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UPDATE: All streets have been reopened that were closed due to the diesel fuel spill earlier today, according to the City of Norfolk.

A diesel spill has closed Norfolk's  Monticello Avenue in both directions from 14th Street to 20th Street

Norfolk Fire & Rescue says the spill is approximately 3,500 gallons and happened in the 1600 block of Armistead Avenue on Hampton Roads Transit's property.

Tom Holden of HRT says there is an emergency generator with a sensor on it, which called for more fuel to be added. The fuel was pumped into the generator, but the generator didn’t actually need more fuel, which caused it to overflow, Holden says.

The faulty sensor on the generator caused 3,500 gallons of fuel to overflow.

Currently, Norfolk Fire & Rescue, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, a clean up contractor, and the Norfolk Fire Marshal are on scene.

A HAZMAT team is also working to make sure there is no diesel fuel in the storm drains.

No businesses have been evacuated at this time. It does not appear to be a hazard to the community.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


  • The Don

    If u filled it with more fuel..it would have overflowed immediately. ..why 3500 gallons ?…someone screwed up by not watching how much went in so human error not a faulty sensor!! HRT should get fined for stupidity and the hazmat spill !

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