10:50 A.M. UPDATE
Minneapolis Fire Department has updated the situation in Northeast Minneapolis, saying 600-700 gallons of nitric acid went into storm drains.
The good news is that it has been neutralized with Soda Ash and will be flushed from the system to eliminate environmental concerns. More importantly, the acid hasn't spread beyond the immediate area of the spill and there is no threat to the public.
A nitric acid spill in Northeast Minneapolis has been contained, but not before 5,400 gallons of the acid leaked along the 3100 block of East Hennepin Ave.
According to Minneapolis Fire Department, traffic is shut down on East Hennepin Ave. from 31st to Talmage Ave. SE, which is located just west of Hwy. 280.
Minneapolis Fire is working with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Public Works to "mitigate product that got into storm drains."
According to Kansas Health System, nitric acid "is used in the manufacture of ammonium nitrate for fertilizer and explosives, organic synthesis, metallurgy, photoengraving, etching steel, urethanes, rubber chemicals, reprocessing spent nuclear fuel and ore flotation."
The acid is highly corrosive to all parts of the human body. If inhaled, it can corrode the respiratory tract and cause a severe cough; if it comes into contact with skin it can corrode the skin and cause severe burning and scarring.
Minneapolis Fire Department will hold a media conference at 10:30 a.m. to update the public on the situation.