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Anhydrous leak forces 5-hour evacuation in Metro East

By AP/KWMU

Millstadt, Ill. – Residents of Millstadt, Illinois in the Metro East returned home early Wednesday morning after an anhydrous ammonia leak forced a five-hour evacuation.

A valve leaked at Handy Fertilizer near Millstadt. Residents within a mile-and-a half radius of the facility took up temporary shelter in churches and a school gym.

Workers fixed the problem around 1 a.m., and people were allowed back home shortly thereafter.

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