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Ammonia Leak Forces Evacuation at Meat Plant

Neighbors were being ordered to run from their homes.

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GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Neighbors of a South Carolina processed meat plant are breathing easy again after being ordered to run from their homes ahead of a chemical leak.

Multiple media organizations reported that the leak of anhydrous ammonia from the Carolina Pride plant in Greenwood was reported around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The gas is used as an agricultural fertilizer and industrial refrigerant.

Greenwood Police said the leak led to a temporary evacuation. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control declared the area safe again around 6:30 a.m. There is no word on what caused the leak.

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