WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Mystery solved in Westfield.
They've figured out what that colored material was in the Westfield River Thursday afternoon.
Westfield Police Officer John Blascak told 22News it was a purple Dye from Prolamina Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty papers and laminates. Prolamina was formerly known as Jen-Coat.
Officer Blascak said the company is legally allowed to send the harmless material into the city's storm drain system, but a blockage prevented the dye from reaching the Westfield waste water treatment plant.
Workers from the Westfield Department of Public Works cleared the blockage around 6:00 PM Thursday night, and the river water is once again flowing clear.
A stretch of Railroad Avenue was closed between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM Thursday while the incident was investigated by the Department of Environmental Protection, Westfield police and Fire, and the DPW