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Homes evacuated after Black Country chemical leak

By Tom Oakley | Oldbury | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Homes and businesses were evacuated after a chemical leak in the Black Country.

The road in Oldbury was closed following the leak. Pic: @WestMidsFire

About half a tonne of ammonia gas was believed to have leaked from an industrial estate unit in Summerton Road, Oldbury.

Up to nine fire crews were at the scene more than eight hours at the scene, which saw a worker at the factory suffer minor injuries.

Six people were led to safety at the unit following the leak, which involved a 536 kilo tank.

West Midlands Fire Service cordoned off the area and all residents in the immediate area were evacuated.

Firefighters, who attended the scene between 6pm on Friday and 2.30am today, dealt with the incident.

The leaking ammonia tank had been 'isolated' and the fire service confirmed the cordon had been lifted this morning.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said: "The incident start on Friday night at 6pm and involved a 536 kilo ammonia tank involved in a spillage. Six people were led to safety on initial arrival.

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"The leak was isolated on a valve on top of the tank and crews left the scene of the incident between 2am and 2.30am in the morning.

"The initial attendance was two pumps but specialist units attended as well."

Exposure to the colourless gas can cause burning of the eyes, nose and throat among other more serious health implications.

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@expressandstar.co.uk or call 01902 319482.

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