• Oil leaking from Hanson business spreads to river before being stopped

    By: Mike Saccone

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    HANSON, Mass. - Oil leaking from a business in Hanson spilled into the Indian Head River Thursday night, Fire Chief Jerome Thompson told Boston 25 News. 

    Someone reported a smell of oil coming from the river around 7:30 p.m. Firefighters immediately searched the area and quickly determined the oil was coming from the basement of the Country Ski & Sport sporting goods store located at 901 Winter Street in Hanson. 

    Firefighters made their way inside the building and plugged the leak. Hanover firefighters placed a boom in the river to contain as much of the oil as they could. 

    “We believe the oil has made it downstream towards Pembroke,” Thompson said. 

    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is on scene working to contain the oil spill in the river. Hanson, Hanover, Pembroke and Marshfield fire departments are also working the scene. 

    Thompson said drinking water doesn’t come from the river.  

    "There is no threat to the public at this time," Hanover fire posted on Twitter. 

    The Indian Head River starts on the Hanson-Hanover line and flows east along the Hanover-Pembroke border. The 3.7 mile long river is a tributary of the North River, which flows into Massachusetts Bay.

    Boston 25 News reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for more information. 

    This is a breaking news story. Stay with Boston 25 News for updates.

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