TEXAS CITY — Part of Fifth Avenue South in front of Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery was closed for about two hours Wednesday after a small leak.

Marathon and city emergency management officials said an undisclosed amount of naphtha leaked from an unknown source at about 5:15 a.m. When the leak was initially reported to the city, officials were worried that the leak on the north end of the refinery could spill onto the road.

Derrick Duckett, the city’s homeland security director, said as a precaution he ordered Fifth Avenue to be closed to the public, allowing only Marathon workers and contractors to pass. After about two hours, the road was reopened.

Duckett said none of the leaking naphtha left the refinery. The city’s fire department did air testing in the area and found no readings of emissions from the leak, he said.

Marathon Petroleum spokeswoman Angelia Graves termed the spill as “minor” and said cleanup was done Wednesday morning.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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