Ammonia leak in NC pork processing plant

Over 2,000 workers from the Smithfield Packing Plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina were forced to evacuate after an ammonia leak that injured at least eight people on June 17, WRAL.com reported.

The leak occurred when a hot water tank collapsed, falling onto and breaking an ammonia pipe. The injured employees, suffering from minor injuries related to inhalation or heat exposure, were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. The other plant employees were brought via bus to Tar Heel Middle School to rest while repairs were happening. The ammonia line was sealed by 12:30 p.m. The situation will continue to be investigated in order to discern why the water tank collapsed.

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