FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) – A faulty valve caused about 14,000 gallons of fuel to spill near the flight line of Robert Gray Army Airfield at Fort Hood on Tuesday.
Fort Hood emergency services and Public Works Spill Response teams contained the spill, but some fuel spilled into Reese Creek Waterway. Officials said a team successfully contained the fuel within a dry portion of the creek and it is not expected to flow off post or enter any water supply locations.
Bell County residents near Mountain Ville Estates should keep livestock or residents out of the creek until officials certify the water is safe. State and local officials are responding to the scene.
The smell of JP8 fuel can travel long distances, if residents smell it in their area it does not mean there is a high concentration. The fumes will dissipate quickly and they pose no danger to the public, according to officials at Fort Hood.
KXAN will follow this developing situation, visit Fort Hood’s website for more information.