Photo shows blood flowing into street behind funeral home

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Photo Shows Blood Flowing Into Street Behind Funeral Home

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A Baton Rouge resident made a disturbing discovery Thursday afternoon -- a rivulet of blood leaking into the street behind a funeral home.

WBRZ in Baton Rouge reported that photos taken behind Greenoaks Funeral Home showed blood leaking from a valve in the ground and flowing onto the street. In the approximately 20 minutes that the leak lasted, a large stretch of the roadway was coated.

Click here to see a photo of the leakWarning: The photo is graphic in nature and may not be suitable for everyone. 

Adam Smith, an employee with the city’s Department of Environmental Services, confirmed that the fluid was blood mixed with formaldehyde. The mixture was leaking from a storage tank behind the funeral home.

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"We sent out both our sewer inspector and our environmental specialists to take a look," Smith told the news station. "We determined that it wasn't a sewer issue and that it was an issue on private property."

Smith said the funeral home is under new management and did not have a permit. The city was working to get the permit issue resolved.

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