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Anhydrous ammonia leak leads to Mount Pleasant plant evacuation

From Staff Reports
Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.


MOUNT PLEASANT -- An anhydrous ammonia leak led to the evacuation of a Pilgrims Pride poultry processing center in Mount Pleasant today.

State health officials confirmed there have been injuries, but the extent of those injuries and the number of people injured remained unclear. Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene at 1107 Monticello Road.

An employee at the scene said the leak prompted an evacuation of the center after the leak began about 2:20 p.m. It continued until nearly 3 p.m.

Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless, toxic gas with a sharp, suffocating odor. It is used as an antimicrobial agent in food processing, as a refrigerant, as a fertilizer and for other purposes. It apparently is used as a refrigerant at the Mount Pleasant plant.

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