CONWAY — An oil spill in the parking lot shared by Citizens Bank and Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway made things slippery for a while Tuesday afternoon.

The spill was reported to the North Conway Fire Precinct around 4:15 p.m. said Assistant Fire Chief Chad McCarthy.

The bank is located at 2779 White Mountain Highway in North Conway Village.

It’s unclear where the reddish oil came from, said McCarthy, adding it could be heating fuel or off-road diesel. He said the fire department asked the town and White Mountain Oil for assistance.

He said White Mountain Oil was not to blame and was asked to help because the business has the Discovery Center’s account.

McCarthy said White Mountain Oil brought over special absorbent pads that absorb oil but not water. They used the pads in areas where the spilled oil was thickest. The pads look like 2-foot-by-2-foot paper towels, he said.

Then to reduce the slipperiness of the parking lot and nearby Pine Street, the town put down some sand. Cars in the parking lot tracked oil onto the road.

“Thank God for the town and White Mountain Oil,” said McCarthy. “They helped us out.”

The parking lot took about two hours to clean up and sand.

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