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Delaware Memorial Bridge closed for six hours Sunday due to nearby gas leak

Motorists returning home from the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, may have experienced a long wait at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Sunday.

The Delaware Memorial Bridge was re-opened to traffic Sunday night after a nearly six hour closure because of a gas leak at Croda Atlas Point in New Castle.

Croda is a North America stocking distributor of industrial minerals and chemicals.

Delaware’s Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), was called to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, after the Delaware Department of Transportation confirmed the leak of the highly-flammable chemical, ethylene oxide, at Croda, which is located off Cherry Lane.

Croda released a statement saying there were no injuries, but as a precaution, traffic on the Delaware Memorial Bridge was halted in both directions.

The hazardous materials situation was deemed under control at approximately 11:15 p.m. Sunday night and the bridge reopened shortly afterward.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year as people return home from visiting family and friends for the holiday.

Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions as first responders worked with DNREC and Croda to get the leak under control.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.