UPDATE: US-117 Back Open Following Duplin County Ammonia Leak

Officials say that US-117 is back open south of Warsaw following an ammonia leak.

Director of Emergency Services Roy McDuffie confirmed that the highway is back open.

McDuffie says that a 2nd hazmat team is investigating the leak.

We're told they are trying to determine if any runoff from the leak was able to get into a nearby creek.

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A Duplin County ammonia leak is believed to have been contained.

Director of Emergency Services Roy McDuffy says that the leak happened Saturday afternoon at Villari Foods off US-117.

McDuffie says that there was a leak from a tank off ammonia which resulted in an alarm going off at the plant. McDuffie says that alarm shut down the systems at the plant.

A hazmat team is on scene investigating the cause of the leak, according to McDuffie. He adds that the emergency systems worked the way they should have and that things were not as bad as they could have been.

It’s believed that US-117 will be reopened within the hour.

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An alert sent out by the NC DOT says that an ammonia leak has closed a stretch of road in the east.

The alert says that US-117 is closed in both directions from South Railroad Street to W/E Garfield Street just south of Warsaw. The ammonia leak is said to be coming from a warehouse storage facility in the area.

Local law enforcement is said to be on scene directing traffic.

The alert says the incident started at 3:04 p.m. and is expected to end tonight at midnight.

Stay with WITN for any updates.


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