Evacuations end from chemical leak

Associated Press Published:

SIDNEY -- 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 said residents within about a half-mile of the leak site were evacuated.

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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