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Evacuations from chemical leak end in western Ohio

June 17, 2014
Associated Press

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say evacuations prompted by a chemical leak from a tanker have ended and a portion of Interstate 75 has reopened in western Ohio.

Police and fire officials say the evacuations had ended by late afternoon after the anhydrous ammonia was safely transferred to another truck. No injuries were reported in the leak that occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday at an I-75 exit near Sidney.

Sidney Police Chief William Balling had said residents and businesses within about a half-mile of the leak site were evacuated and part of I-75 was closed in both directions.

Sidney is about 40 miles north of Dayton.

Anhydrous ammonia is used as a gas but shipped as a liquid under pressure. It can irritate eyes and skin and cause more serious problems if inhaled.



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