Chem Leak Forces Plant Evac

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 12:07 PM gHale

After a chemical leak, workers at the Louis Rich Plant in Newberry County, SC, were back in the facility after being evacuated Saturday.

Louis Rich maintenance and HazMat officials identified and contained an ammonia leak and worked to reduce the levels, deputies said.

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Deputies said around 200 employees evacuated because of an ammonia leak early Saturday morning. Deputies confirmed they found no leakage outside the plant.

There was no danger to the public, but in the interest of safety, officials took extra precautions.

At first, deputies asked anyone within 1/10 of a mile of the plant to shelter in place. However, deputies later lifted the shelter in place order at 4 a.m. Around 6 a.m., deputies allowed employees to return to work inside the plant.

Newberry County and City Fire, Newberry County HazMat, EMS and Rescue all responded.

All employees ended up accounted for and there were no injuries in the incident.

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