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Barrels removed from illegal dump site in Bessemer

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Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Large barrels discovered at an illegal dumping site earlier this week in Bessemer have since been removed from the area.

A homeowner discovered them in a wooded area and some of the barrels had warnings about dangerous contents.

There's still trash at the end of Holmes Drive in Bessemer where the barrels were dumped, but the barrels are gone.

Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley says ALDOT crews removed them. It appeared as though medical waste was inside the barrels. The man who found them was worried about it being a bio hazard, so he called police.

Gulley says the EPA is investigating to see what's inside the barrels and who dumped them.

"What I'm told through EPA and the Bessemer Police Department, there are some identifying marks on the barrels. These are some barcodes on the barrels. We're very optimistic that we're going to be able to find out from those identifying marks who did this," Gulley said.

Mayor Gulley says it's unfortunate tax dollars were wasted to pay for the cleanup.

"I think it's unfortunate and unfair to citizens of this city that we use certain areas of city as a dump area," he said.

The major says the city will clean up the rest of the trash. He says he's going to add more police patrols to keep people from illegally dumping in the area.

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