Workers Evacuated After Chemical Leak

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    An ammonia leak forced 100 employees to evacuate a warehouse early Tuesday morning in Prince George’s County.

    Investigators said a pipe began leaking anhydrous ammonia at the Smithfield Packing Company in Cheverly, Md., at 12:15 a.m.
    The chemical is used in industrial refrigeration applications. It is a colorless, highly irritating gas with a sharp, suffocating odor.
    It took four hours to fix the problem.
    Seventy firefighters and Hazmat teams responded to the call.
      
    No injuries were reported.