Anhydrous leak reported in Marietta Township

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An anhydrous ammonia leak in Marietta Township Saturday evening was contained in less than an hour.

On Saturday, May 11, after 8:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reported that U.S. Highway 61 was closed, from Marietta Valley Road to the Boscobel bridge, due to an anhydrous ammonia leak near North Irish Ridge Road.

The reporting party, who called 911, said the ammonia was blowing across the highway and there was an odor. The tanks were both 1,000 gallons, located on a trailer, in a field to the west of the highway. The tanks each had about 800 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in them.

There was no need for evacuation; however, emergency personnel immediately shut down the area to traffic. Residents were urged to shelter in place, close all vents and windows and shut off heating and air conditioning units.  

The spill was contained within the hour and Highway 61 reopened again. No injuries were reported.

It was determined that a malfunction with a coupler between the hose and liquid withdrawal valve was the cause of hte leak. About 100 gallons are estimated to have been lost during the leak. 

Helping at the scene were Boscobel Police, Fire and EMS, the highway commissioner, emergency management and Vernon County Hazmat.  

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