THIRTY containers filled with hydraulic and motor oil had been discarded on a lane in Glastonbury.

Fire crews were called to investigate the containers on Cedar Walk, Butleigh at 6.49pm yesterday (December 15).

A hazardous materials advisor, a pumping appliance and a local supervisory officer were sent to the incident.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: "On arrival crews located a number of containers and requested further personnel from Glastonbury in a 4x4 vehicle to assist with searching the lane.

"Searching crews found approximately 30 containers, some leaking and running towards a water course.

"An additional hazardous materials advisor, environmental protection unit and supporting appliance from Taunton were requested.

The Environment Agency were informed about the incident.

"Firefighters wore personal protective equipment and respirators whilst dealing with the leaking substance," added the spokesperson.

"A thermal imaging camera, gas monitor and chemical identification equipment were used.

"They also used small tools and environment agency supplied equipment to contain the flow towards water course.

"Testing of the substance concluded that the leaking substance was used hydraulic and motor oil.

"Overall 30 containers holding 25 litres each of oil had been discarded along the length of the lane. Duty of care for clearing up was left with Somerset Highways and the Police for further investigations."