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Ammonia leak stopped after evacuation at American Foods on Acme St

Posted at 10:29 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:27:39-04

An ammonia leak in Green Bay led to hundreds being evacuated from the American Foods Group plant.

Green Bay Metro Fire Department was dispatched to the ammonia leak around 9:45 Thursday morning.

The Assistant Chief Rob Goplin said it took crews nearly an hour to contain the leak. Employees who had evacuated had to wait a bit longer before they could go back inside.

"It reacts with water and it causes chemical burns when it reacts with water,” explained Rob Goplin. “And if you were to inhale that, you'd get significant respiratory issues, and even just the moisture on your skin, it can cause a chemical burn with that as well. "

No one was hurt. People living nearby were asked to shelter in place.

The Assistant Fire Chief said every company that has any kind of chemical process like this one should have a plan. He says it can save lives if you have a plan, and practice it, and it can save emergency crews a lot of time.

NBC 26 did reach out to American Foods Group, but they did not wish to comment.