Officials Contain Leak Of Dangerous Chemical

HERNDON, Ky. (AP) - Emergency officials have contained a leak of a dangerous chemical that forced an elementary school and local residents in rural western Kentucky to evacuate.

Officials say anhydrous ammonia was leaking from a 30,000-gallon tank that had ruptured at the Agri-Chem company in southern Christian County. Emergency Operations Director Dee Hopper says the leak was sealed around 9:30 a.m. CDT Monday.

Hopper says students at South Christian Elementary school were evacuated from the building by bus and residents within one mile of the plant in Herndon were also told to leave their homes. Witnesses say a cloud of the leaking gas was visible near the plant.

Hopper says six people were treated with oxygen by paramedics, but reports no serious injuries.

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