Hazmat team investigates gasoline leak in City

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 27, 2018

 A Wayne County hazardous materials team works in the area of Mack Avenue and Neff Road in Grosse Pointe City the evening of Feb. 26 after neighbors reported smelling gasoline.

A Wayne County hazardous materials team works in the area of Mack Avenue and Neff Road in Grosse Pointe City the evening of Feb. 26 after neighbors reported smelling gasoline.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Residents in one Grosse Pointe City neighborhood got an unexpected visit from a hazardous materials team on Monday evening.

City Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni said his department got a call on Saturday, Feb. 24, from a resident on Neff Road who smelled gasoline. On Monday, Feb. 26, the same resident called public safety again, along with another resident living in the area of Neff and Mack Avenue. During an investigation into the source of the odor, Poloni said they discovered that gasoline and oil had leaked into the City’s sewer system.

Although the source of the leak was still under investigation at press time, Poloni said they were speculating that it could have come from a Shell gas station at the corner of Mack and Neff. The leak wasn’t from any of the gas pumps, and the station remained open and operational during the time officers were on the scene; Poloni said the gas and oil leak might have come from a storage tank.

“That is our assumption, but we’re still doing testing at this point,” Poloni said from the scene shortly before 9 p.m. Feb. 26. He said a hazmat team from Western Wayne County took samples to test, and more testing would take place Feb. 27. In addition, Poloni said representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality would be on the scene Feb. 27 to conduct testing.

As of the evening of Feb. 26, Poloni said the leak had been “mitigated as of this point.”

The hazmat crew arrived on the scene around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and left around 9 p.m. Feb. 26.

A one-block stretch of Neff, between Charlevoix and Mack avenues, was blocked off to through traffic during the investigation.

When residents detect a possibly hazardous smell, they should contact public safety.