Chemical leak at Pa. Plant Spurs Brief Evacuation
September 25, 2013
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - 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 Tuesday when compressed ammonia gas leaked from a container in a laboratory at Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc.
Fire Capt. Ken Barton said 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. Officials said about 35 workers were evacuated but were allowed to return an hour later.
Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Lisa said there appeared to be no danger to the public.
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