UPDATE: The roadway was reopened at about 3:30 p.m. The substance does not appear to be toxic.
Murray Road just east of Central Avenue in McKinleyville was closed shortly before 2 p.m. today, March 22, after a bucket containing a potentially hazardous substance was discovered.
According to a California Highway Patrol officer on the scene, the mysterious bucket was dropped on the side of the road in front of Hide Away Mini Storage at 1675 Murray Road. An employee of Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, located across the street, went to investigate what was in the bucket and found that the substance irritated his eyes, according to the CHP.
CHP and the Arcata Fire Department were dispatched to the scene and the road was closed in both directions as a precaution. As of 2:20 p.m., they were awaiting the arrival of a hazmat team from Eureka.