Hazmat teams respond to ammonia leak

DUPLIN COUNTY - A Duplin County highway has partially reopened after an ammonia leak led authorities, including a hazmat team, to close down the roadway Saturday afternoon.

The ammonia leaked from a warehouse facility off Hwy. 117, south of Warsaw, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The warehouse is near the highway's intersection with Garfield Street.

The facility's sign says Villari Brothers Foods, according to an emergency official on scene.

The location processes pork and poultry, according to its website.

The plant's sensors detected the leak, which led to an evacuation of the factory and a call to the fire department, according to Duplin County Emergencty Services Director Robbie McDuffie.

That call came at approximately 12:40 p.m. Saturday, McDuffie said.

Hazmat teams responded to the scene, and their inspection showed that the leak had been contained, McDuffie.

He added that it is not known how much ammonia leaked into the environment.

No one was hurt.

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