Ammonia Leak in TN Forces Evac

Monday, December 5, 2016 @ 04:12 PM gHale

An ammonia leak at a Morristown, TN, chicken processing plant prompted the evacuation of 200 people Wednesday.

An ammonia leak ended up reported at Koch Foods, 123 S. Fairmont Ave., at 11:45 a.m., said Hamblen County Emergency Management Director Chris Bell.

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The leak came from a ruptured line within the plant, he said. About 150 employees evacuated.

Bell said the anhydrous ammonia leak ended up contained to the building, but some gas from the ammonia was moving out into the air outside the building.

The Morristown Fire Department, Morristown Police and EMA officials also evacuated eight nearby businesses with approximately 50 people, Bell said.

There were no injuries in the incident, however, some people ended up examined on scene, but no one went to the hospital, Bell said.

The buildings remained l evacuated throughout the afternoon as officials need a few hours for the gas in the air to dissipate, Bell said.



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