A warehouse ammonia leak shut down traffic on two streets and kept neighbors inside Sunday morning, but emergency workers in spacesuit-type gear quickly fixed the problem and no one was hurt.
An employee of an adjacent business reported a vapor cloud about 6:20 above Americold, which provides cold storage. The Turlock Fire Department used a
reverse-911 automated message to alert about 100 neighbors, asking them to close windows and stay inside while police diverted traffic from parts of D and Fifth streets.
Responding Americold employees shut a valve feeding ammonia to a leaking pipe, resolving much of the problem. Members of a countywide hazardous materials unit entered with breathing apparatus to make sure the leak was secured and an ammonia sensor showed no trace on protective suits when they emerged later.
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"It was a fairly minor leak as far as leaks go, but significant enough to call out haz-mat," said Turlock Fire Battalion Chief Bill Becker.
The scene was cleared at 10:47 a.m., Becker said.