Firefighters have closed the roads around the Charles Wells Brewery in Bedford as they deal with a chemical spill at the site.
A 150-metre cordon is in place as crews deal with the spillage of hydrochloric acid and sodium chlorite at the home of Bombardier beer .
Group Commander, Chris Ball, said: “Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently dealing with a chemical incident at Charles Wells Brewery in Havelock Street, Bedford.
“Fire Control received a call from Charles Wells at 9.15am this morning about the incident which involved 200 litres of hydrochloric acid and 350 litres of sodium chlorite. Fire crews arrived within five minutes of the call and began operations to cordon off the area and tackle the incident.
“Fire Service hazardous materials specialists are now working with Charles Wells to remove the materials in a safe and thorough way in line with established procedures.”
He added: “I’d like to assure local residents that there is no immediate danger to the public and we have set up a 150m cordon around the site of the incident while it is being dealt with.”
A spokesperson for Charles Wells said: “This morning we identified a minor leak of chlorine dioxide at the brewery which is used in the sterilisation of water.
“Thanks to the quick reactions of one of our staff we were able to act immediately, the fire service have joined us on site in Queens Park and cordoned off an area at the brewery as a precautionary measure while they conduct standard checks.
“We’d like to reassure our neighbours that there is no cause for concern, however to enable these checks to take place we have had to close access to the site temporarily. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank people for their cooperation”.
A spokesperson for Charles Wells said: “This morning we identified a minor leak of chlorine dioxide at the brewery which is used in water treatment. Thanks to the quick reactions of one of our staff we were able to act immediately, the Fire Service joined us on site in Queen’s Park and as a precautionary measure cornered off an area at the brewery to conduct standard checks.
“We’d like to reassure our neighbours that there is no cause for concern and following their investigation the fire service has now removed the cordon.
“We did have to close access to the brewery for a few hours today and would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank people for their cooperation.”