13 were hospitalized after a hazmat team responded to an ammonia leak at a commercial building in Buena Park

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Sunday, October 15, 2023, 6:58 a.m

11 people were hospitalized after an ammonia leak at a building in Buena Park

BUENA PARK, Calif. (KABC) — An ammonia leak at a commercial building in Buena Park sent 13 people to hospitals Friday, but all were in stable condition and the leak was sealed.

According to the agency, Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to the hazardous materials situation just before 9:15 a.m. Friday in the 6500 block of Caballero Boulevard.

OCFA officials initially said 12 company employees were decontaminated and 11 were taken to hospitals. By day’s end, a total of 14 people had been treated and 13 taken to hospitals, all described as stable.

Late Friday evening, OCFA officials said the leaking material was clearly ammonia and the leak had been plugged. It was unclear what caused the leak.

On Saturday, firefighters said the cause of the release was an accident due to equipment striking an ammonia distribution line.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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