Dozens at Hospital after Ala. Plant Leaks Ammonia

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say at least 50 people have been sent to the hospital after a south Alabama refrigeration facility leaked up to 300 gallons of ammonia into the air.

Capt. Shaun Hicks with Mobile Fire-Rescue Department said the Monday incident was at Millard Refrigerated Services in Theodore. He said the leak has been stopped and officials are monitoring the air near the plant on the Theodore Industrial Canal.

Hospital workers say most patients have reported dizziness and shortness of breath from the ammonia. Authorities have asked people
near the plant to stay inside their homes and offices.

The plant freezes chicken parts to be exported across the globe.

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