Chemical leak at Pa. Plant Spurs Brief Evacuation
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - An ammonia spill at
a Lancaster chemical company led to evacuations but no reports of injuries.
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.
Capt. Ken Barton said about seven pounds of anhydrous ammonia spilled when it
was being transferred to another container in preparation for shipping.
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.
of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Lisa said there appeared to be no
danger to the public.