Nfld. & Labrador

Firefighters called to St. John's jet fuel spill

Firefighters were called to respond to a Jet fuel spill at St. John's airport Thursday morning.
A worker trying to clean up a fuel spill at the St. John's International Airport Thursday, May 26. (Cecil Haire/ CBC)

Firefighters and an industrial cleaning crew were called to respond to a jet fuel spill at the St. John's International Airport Thursday morning.

The spill happened at a tank farm near the main access road.

Superintendent Don Byrne of the St. John's fire department says the spill wasn't as bad as they thought when the call came at 6:30 a.m.

"The original report was that there was about 1000 litres spilled – once we did a complete check it looked like about 150 litre [were spilled]," said Byrne.

He said it appears the spill happened when a storage tank was overfilled.

Traffic was diverted, but the airport terminal remained open.

Byrne said there were no signs that the fuel spread into any waterways in the area.