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17 Sickened By Ammonia Leak

Kym Gable reporting
(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A huge relief in one South Hills Neighborhood after an ammonia release prompted a massive emergency response in Whitehall.

It happened at Schneider’s Dairy on Frank Street, a plant that processes milk and iced tea.

Seventeen employees were treated. Eleven of them were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Their conditions were not considered serious.

Water department workers upgrading lines nearby had to interrupt service to the plant.

That caused a build-up in pressure, and that’s when a valve released sending ammonia into the air.

A company official who did not want to talk on camera told KDKA’s Kym Gable that his employees reacted swiftly, evacuating the building in a matter of minutes.

There was no evacuation of nearby homes in the community.

Employees went back inside and back to work around 4:30 p.m.

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