Brewery Explosion, Leak Forces Evac

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 05:08 PM gHale

A leak in a tank inside the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA, caused a small explosion and ammonia leak, officials said.

One worker suffered an injury and went to the hospital where he ended up treated and released. After the blast, officials evacuated the brick building. Emergency workers said the local community was never in danger.

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“There was a small release of ammonia that occurred inside the building. A small amount did escape to the atmosphere, but that was quickly mitigated,” said Stephen Bekanich, head of the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency.

Hazardous materials and other crews spent most of the day at the business. They said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Repair crews are working to get things back up and running.

This isn’t the first incident at the brewery. Last month, there was another ammonia leak and an evacuation until workers fixed that problem Bekanich said the two are not related.

“Absolutely unrelated incident to the previous incident from several weeks ago. All I can stress is The Lion Brewery did exactly as they were supposed to do in both incidents,” Bekanich said.

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