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All-clear given following chemical leak deemed suspicious

Posted at 8:23 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 08:23:29-05

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an ammonia leak that forced several people to evacuate their homes Sunday night.

The Hamlin Township Fire Department tells News 10 the initial call about the ammonia leak located in the 9500 block of Tucker Road was made just before 8 p.m Sunday.

First responders at the scene were able to locate the source of the leak to a 12-thousand gallon tank used for farming that was found in a wooded area. The leak was quickly stopped but a strong odor spread from the tank.

Authorities ordered people to either evacuate their homes or stay inside and shelter-in-place while crews worked to contain the leak.

Around 10 people evacuated while the rest of people living nearby chose to stay inside, the Hamlin Township Fire Department says.

No injuries or illnesses were reported. The Hamlin Township Fire Department says if the tank was in a more populated area, the results of the leak could have been much worse.

The all-clear by authorities was given around 12:15 a.m. Monday.

The Hamlin Township Fire Department tells FOX 47 investigation of the tank found the valves on the tank may have been tampered with.

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office is expected to launch a criminal investigation into the ammonia leak sometime Monday.

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