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1 person transported after hazardous spill reported at Tesla Gigafactory

Authorities respond to a report of a hazardous spill at the Tesla Gigafactory site in Storey County, Nev., on Monday, April 17, 2017. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

STOREY COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV/KRXI) - The Storey County Fire Department was on the scene of a possible HAZMAT spill at the Tesla Gigafactory east of Reno Monday afternoon, according to a county official.

Joe Curtis, Storey County's director of emergency management, said the fire department responded to a call about 12:15 p.m. from an employee at the Tesla Gigafactory about a hazardous spill involving a cleaning agent.

According to Curtis, one person was taken to a Reno hospital as a precaution after becoming ill. Several other employees were examined at the scene but did not require further medical attention.

Only a section of the Gigafactory was evacuated, he said, and the cause of the spill remained under investigation. A quad county HAZMAT team remained on scene.

Curtis identified the chemical as ethyl methyl carbonate, which he said is similar to household cleaning products, and it did not pose a threat to the public. It was being used to clean an HVAC system at the factory.

The chemical was being transported in a 55-gallon drum and loaded into a semi-truck at a loading dock on the east side when it spilled, sending most of it into the trailer, he said. Only a little of the chemical spilled onto the ground.

A private hazardous clean-up company is on the scene in addition to the quad county HAZMAT crew, which is expected to leave at about 5:30 p.m.

The Gigafactory is located off the I-80/USA Parkway interchange, about 20 miles east of Reno.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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