Ammonia leak at Lancaster plant spurs brief evacuation

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 24, 2013 3:53 PM
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(Lancaster) --  An ammonia spill at a Lancaster chemical company led to evacuations but no reports of injuries.

A hazardous materials team responded to Advanced Cooling Technologies shortly before noon today when compressed ammonia gas leaked from a container in a laboratory at the company.

Fire Captain Ken Barton says about seven pounds of anhydrous ammonia spilled when it was being transferred to another container in preparation for shipping.

Anhydrous ammonia is used as a gas but is shipped as a liquid under pressure. It can irritate eyes and skin.

Aboutt 35 workers were evacuated but were allowed to return an hour later.

A state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman says there appeared to be no danger to the public.

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