Ammonia leak forces evacuation of Perdue plant on Eastern Shore

Ammonia leak forces evacuation of Perdue plant on Eastern Shore

Credit: Linda Cicoira, Eastern Shore Post

Hundreds of Perdue employees wait outside the plant for crews to stop the ammonia leak.

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Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 18 at 12:20 PM

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ACCOMAC - Workers at the Perdue plant in Accomac were evacuated for three hours because of an ammonia leak.

Fire officials say Perdue's Haz Mat Team was trying to control the leak when crews from several areas arrived just before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

More than a dozen workers were evaluated and none needed to be taken to hospitals, fire officials stated.

Members of the Eastern Shore Regional HazMat Team, and other emergency personnel donned special suits before going in to isolate and control the leak.

Fire and EMS personnel from Onley, Onancock, Tasley, Wallops and the Eastern Shore Regional HazMat Team responded to the plant on Lankford Highway.

The Eastern Shore Post says 200-300 workers were evacuated and began going back into the plant around 11:00 p.m.

Fire and EMS stayed on the scene for another 90 minutes after that, the Post reported.

 

 

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