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Accident: 200080117 - No Injuries Reported In Anhydrous Ammonia Leak

Accident: 200080117 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 10/14/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279135710/15/19972023H.P. Hood, Inc.
At approximately 12:55 p.m. on October 14, 1991, an anhydrous ammonia leak developed at the H.P. Hood plant in Newington, CT. The plant was evacuated the local fire department was called. The fire department held spectators back 600 ft, as per recommendations in the Department of Transportation (DOT) handbook. The fire department also notified the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), but the DEP did not respond. At 3:25 p.m., an employee of Lewis Refrigeration and an employee of Hood entered the building and knocked down the ammonia vapors with a water spray. They determined that the leak had been caused by venting of a pressure release valve. At 3:50 p.m., Lewis Refrigeration declared the building safe for re-entry.
Keywords: leak, vapor, ammonia, anhydrous ammonia, high pressure, valve, chemical vapor, pressure release, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 102791357

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