Residents allowed to return home after ammonia leak

SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) – An ammonia leak at Tony’s Pizza in Salina forced some from their homes and closed a school Wednesday morning. It happened at 3019 Scanlan.

Residents have now been allowed to return. KSN News talked to residents about the leak.

“I got a few messages from a few friends telling me, ‘Have you evacuated yet? You need to leave.’ I didn’t know what they were talking about and some people sent me some links from the news, and I was like wow I was really surprised, kind of scared, not really sure what could happen,” said Shealynn Wood, Salina.

Authorities were called to the plant around 2 a.m. on reports of an ammonia leak on the roof. They arrived to discover thousands of gallons of ammonia.

“Just doing the calculations, we estimated that to be about 2,300 gallons and there was also some underdetermination of how much may have leaked previously before it actually froze over so we just doubled that and said somewhere between 4-5,000 gallons,” said Salina Fire Marshal Roger Williams.

Williams said the situation is under control. His team is still investigating what caused the leak, but right now, he said they are in the remediation stage. He said they are treating the drainage system where the ammonia runoff went and preparing to send the water to the wastewater treatment plant.

“So, we are introducing acid into that, and we have a crew stranding by in case there are any emergencies with that part of it, but as of right now, I was just on the phone the incident commander and everything out there is going well.”

A mile from the plant, the Salina school district shut down Schilling Elementary for the day.


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