2 TN Plants Evac after Chem Leak

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 03:06 PM gHale

Two plants ended up forced to evacuate after an ammonia leak closed down several streets near the Fairgrounds Nashville in Nashville, TN, early Tuesday morning.

The leak ended up reported at 3:30 a.m. at Mrs. Grissom’s on Bransford Avenue where at least seven employees were in the plant at that time.

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Several employees were outside the nearby Coca-Cola plant because they started to smell the ammonia inside their building. Those 25 employees were eventually taken to a different location near 100 Oaks to undergo evaluation.

Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place while firefighters and the Office of Emergency Management officials cleared the scene.

The parking lot of 100 Oaks Mall ended up used a triage and decontamination area. Those impacted by the leak were able to hose off behind a tarp.

As of 6 a.m., at least one person had been transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. However, some at the scene that were inside the plants were being evaluated further.

Nashville OEM and the Nashville Fire Department said the ammonia was mixing with the fog and creating an irritant.

Metro police and the Nashville Fire Department quickly closed down nearby streets to ensure no one came close to the plants while crews worked to shut off the leak.

There has been no indication of exactly what caused the leak.

Mrs. Grisson’s has been cited once in the last five years, according to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The plant was cited for employees not following procedures when dealing the hazardous chemicals and not providing enough training on certain machines.

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