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Possible Chemical Leak; Business Evacuated

By Lindsay Cohen email

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) -- Two dozen workers at a food distribution center were evacuated early Thursday morning after reporting a strong smell of ammonia.

Fire officials responded to the possible chemical leak at the U.S. Foods location at 7598 NW 6th Avenue in Boca Raton at 1:50 am. A HazMat team was called out because of potential hazards, said Frank Correggio, with Boca Raton Fire Rescue.

Emergency crews used special air-monitoring equipment to check the building, but found no traces of anhydrous ammonia, Correggio said. Anhydrous ammonia is a flammable acid gas that is often used as a refrigerant.

Workers were eventually allowed back in to the building. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the possible leak.

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