Unknown chemical spills into Ala Wai Canal

Image: David Courtnay
Image: David Courtnay

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A minor construction mishap in Waikiki created quite a spectacle for passersby Wednesday. A large amount of a white substance could be seen mixing into the water in the Ala Wai Canal near Saratoga Road.

Crews were working on the roof of a building across the street when they reportedly spilled some sort of sealant. When it rained, the liquid washed into the Ala Wai, spilling about ten gallons into the water, officials with the Honolulu Fire Department say.

At this time, it's not known exactly what chemicals are in the sealant that spilled. Tests will be conducted on the water.

For now, roofing work has stopped and preventative measures are in place to prevent more spills from this project.

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