Water Plant Ammonia Leak Forces Evac

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 03:02 PM gHale


A leak in an ammonia tank at the Big Spring, TX, water treatment plant forced an evacuation Tuesday night, officials said.

The evacuation order ended up lifted the next day and residents are back in their homes.

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Fifteen to 20 people ended up hospitalized as a precaution, but there were no serious injuries reported.

There was a leak in an ammonia tank at the plant, but it has now been fixed. The leak forced officials to order an evacuation of the surrounding area.

The explosion occurred after a gas valve ruptured while crews were repairing a leaky tank at the water plant sometime before 10 p.m. The gas valve ruptured at the water plant near the local high school, said Big Spring Mayor, Karry McLellan.

After the explosion, the gas valve began leaking ammonia gas, which forced resident in the surrounding area to evacuate.



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