Watch CBS News

Radioactive Leak At O'Hare Is False Alarm

UPDATED 01/05/10 8:18 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A reported hazardous materials situation Wednesday morning at a building at O'Hare International Airport turned out to be a false alarm.

Crews were called to 10000 W. O'Hare -- the formal street address for the airport -- about 7 a.m., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Rich Rosado said.

A container at that location was originally reported to be leaking something "radioactive," fire officials said.

Investigators found a container had been crushed in the cargo area and a HazMat team determined the substance coming from it was not hazardous or dangerous, Rosado said. The material was not radioactive, he said.

The hazardous materials situation response was not in a terminal or in the airport itself, according to Rosado.

City Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride confirmed Fire Department crews are responding to a cargo building at O'Hare but had no further details as of 7:45 a.m.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis said no one has been injured.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.