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No injuries in ammonia leak at Lyndon business

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

LYNDON – Authorities responded Wednesday to a leakage of anhydrous ammonia from a tank at Gold Star FS in Lyndon. No one was taken to the hospital. 

Tony Marchand of Gold Star FS, which sells agricultural products around Illinois, confirmed the incident.

“It was a small event, fortunately,” he said. “We got ahold of the proper authorities. Nine people were taken to the fire department to be checked out. No one went to the hospital. It’s one of those things where we err on the side of caution.”

The nine people were from nearby Rock River Fabrications, said Keith Crady, chief of the Prophetstown fire district, which covers Lyndon.

“We told them to evacuate, and they went to the fire station,” the chief said. “We gave one guy oxygen.

“The wind from the [ammonia] tank was blowing toward Rock River Fab. Luckily, all of the windows were closed. Otherwise, it would have gotten worse faster.”

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