Lake Pflugerville reopens after barrel found

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by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 7:42 AM

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -- Lake Pflugerville has reopened after being evacuated following the discovery of a barrel of unknown material marked "hazardous."

The 55-gallon barrel drum was removed from the north shore of Lake Pflugerville, at 18216 Weiss Lane, around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Austin hazmat crews tested what was inside the barrel and told KVUE they found only water with cleaning chemical residue. Even though the lake is back open, the investigation isn't closed.

"There is a symbol on the barrel that indicated we would not want to touch the contents of the barrel," said Terri Waggoner.

The City was worried the barrel may have leaked, or that there could be more. So for a few hours they drew water from wells. However four tests confirmed the lake is clean.

As soon as the City announced the lake was reopened, dozens of people came back out to enjoy the evening.

Officials will continue to treat this as a crime scene because the barrel was labeled "Hazardous Materials," and the City still doesn't know how it got into the lake. The person responsible could face felony charges for illegal dumping.

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