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Cement cloud fills Rockland waterfront

By Stephen Betts | Jul 06, 2019
Photo by: Beth Birmingham The cloud of cement powder as seen from the Rockland Breakwater July 5.

Rockland — A large cloud of cement dust filled the skies of the South End waterfront Friday afternoon, July 5, after a break in a pipe.

Rockland Assistant Fire Chief Adam Miceli said firefighters responded when the department received reports of what was thought to be smoke. Upon arrival at the Dragon Products facility, where the cement powder is piped from rail cars to a barge, crews found that a pipe had broken.

Dragon has an 8-acre parcel at 44 Atlantic St. The cement powder is shipped by train from the cement plant in Thomaston to the Rockland waterfront.

The cloud filled the skies of the South End as schooners were on parade in Rockland Harbor. The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m.

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