Ammonia Leak Closes West Sacramento Street

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Fifty million cases of something to sip on leave Nor-Cal Beverage every year, but Wednesday afternoon something that shouldn't have been released from this West Sacramento business stopped business.

Company supervisors refused comment about why their employees were huddled across the street after evacuating their production facility on Stone Boulevard.

Hazmat investigators, on the other hand, confirmed that a damaged line allowed caustic and potentially toxic ammonia to leak.

Nor-Cal workers did act fast when they spotted the problem.

"Employees on scene were able to shut off their supply,  check out the facility and evacuated ammonia out of the room," said West Sacramento Fire Chief Rick Martinez.

Crews from West Sac, Sacramento and Davis were then called in to secure the spill area and keep the situation from blowing up into a much bigger problem.

"Vapors cause breathing difficulty  and there is a flammability limit with this highly concentrated (substance) in this case there was some concern. We did get it below the flammability and the hazard to humans, so any major incident was averted," said Martinez.

The spill was cleared before anyone was injured or sickened by the ammonia.

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