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Chemical Leak Shut I-95 Rest Area

If you wondered what caused the shutdown of the I-95 rest stop in Darien Sunday, it was a leaking drum of hydrogen peroxide, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection reports.

State police closed the northbound rest area for four hours Sunday after the driver reported liquid leaking from the back of his truck at around 1:30 p.m. A nail punctured the drum when it shifted in transit, according to State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance.

"It was an accident and not a large spill, but hydrogen peroxide can be very volatile and cause spontaneous combustion and corrode materials that it comes into contact with," Connecticut DEP spokesman Dennis Schain said.

The rest area was closed until 6 p.m., and the parking lot was shut down until 8:30 p.m., according to Vance. "This did cause some inconvenience for drivers, but [it] was taken care of," he said.

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