Ammonia leak at Louis Rich Plant contained, shelter in place order lifted

NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) –

A chemical leak at a Newberry County plant prompted an employee evacuation early Saturday.

Deputies said the incident happened at Louis Rich Plant on Louis Rich Road.

According to deputies, an ammonia leak was what caused the evacuation of approximately 200 employees to a staging area. Deputies said the leak had been contained to inside the plant, however, they advised anyone within 1/10 of a mile of the plant to shelter in place.

Deputies said there was no immediate danger to the public, but that people should remain indoors if they are within 600 feet from the plant on Louis Rich Drive.

Newberry County and City Fire Departments, Newberry County haz mat team, EMS and rescue teams all responded to the incident.

Around 4:03 a.m. Saturday, deputies said the ammonia leak had been identified and contained by the company hazmat team and maintenance. No leakage was detected outside the plant, and first responders helped evacuated employees return to the plant.

All employees were accounted for and no injures were reported, per deputies.

The shelter in place order has been lifted. All roads are now open and normal operations will resume.

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