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Chattanooga ammonia leak stopped, highway open, no injuries

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A leak of anhydrous ammonia has been stopped at a Chattanooga chemical plant and a busy highway reopened.

The leak was discovered around 5 a.m. CST Tuesday at the BASF Corporation plant. A hazardous materials crew located the source and shut down the leak a couple of hours later.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner said authorities waited until the vapor evaporated to be certain the leak had been stopped and then reopened a section of the Amnicola Highway near the plant. An evacuation of a local industrial area near the plant was lifted.

There were no injuries reported in the incident and no immediate cause of the leak was given.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A hazardous materials team might have contained a leak at a chemical plant in Chattanooga.

The leak of anhydrous ammonia was reported about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday at a BASF Corporation plant.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner told reporters a crew believed it had shut off he leak a couple of hours later, but officials were waiting for the vapor to evaporate before reopening Amininola Highway.

There were no injuries reported and a small area had been evacuated in an industrial area near the plant.

Garner said the major public problem was that the busy highway was closed during the morning commute.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga safety officials say anhydrous ammonia is leaking at a BASF Corporation plant.

The leak was discovered about 5 a.m. EST Monday, according to Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner.

No injuries were immediately reported, but officials evacuated an area around the plant, which is in industrial area on Amnicola Highway. The highway is blocked and traffic on the major thoroughfare is being detoured.

Hazardous materials technicians were attempting to locate and shut down the leak.

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