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Soapy substance floats down local river

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Firefighters found a soapy mess floating atop four miles of the Alcovy River late Saturday afternoon.

Crews arrived at an area of the river between Hurricane Shoals and Freemans Mill roads about 5:30 p.m. and spotted the substance floating on the water's surface.

Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the fire department's hazmat team checked the substance and "determined it to be non-toxic and non-hazardous to wildlife or the environment."

The source, it turned out, was from a retention pond behind an industrial complex on Petty Road in Lawrenceville. "It is unknown how the soapy material made it into the waters of the river or who is responsible," Rutledge said.

Crews notified the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Division as a precaution. The hazmat team left late Saturday to "allow nature to take its course to dissipate the soap."

There were no injuries reported, Rutledge said.