Potentially hazardous materials discovered in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, closes Ira Road

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - UPDATE 5:36 p.m.: Ira Road has reopened.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m.: A spokesperson from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said that officials could not begin clean-up on hazardous materials discovered near Ira Road Oct. 30.

The materials were in 13 30- to 55-gallon containers and about 30 one- to five-gallon containers were found. Most of the material was liquid, and EPA officials said it was most likely paint waste, oil base waste and possibly solvents.

The EPA is treating the incident as an intentional illegal dumping.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: Ira Road is expected to reopen in the late afternoon Thursday, the park reports.

The dumping that caused the closure is being investigated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department. The park service has asked anyone with information about the dumping - which occurred Wednesday, Oct. 30 at around 8:30 p.m. - to contact them at 440-546-5945.

Original story, posted at 4:59 a.m. Oct. 31, follows.

Ira Road is closed between Riverview Road and Akron Peninsula Road in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park due to potentially hazardous materials.

In a release sent by the National Park Service late Wednesday night, they stated that National Park Service rangers worked with the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department to secure the area.

Road closed signs and red tape danger tape block both intersections.

The National Park Service said that the Ohio EPA and rangers will be back in the morning to asses the materials.

No information about what the materials are or who discovered them was released.

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