- Associated Press - Monday, November 2, 2015

ELKTON, Minn. (AP) - Some homes were evacuated and a freeway shut down after large anhydrous ammonia tanks began leaking in southern Minnesota.

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi tells the Austin Daily Herald (https://bit.ly/1N9QBLG ) two 1,000-gallon tanks leaked at a grain elevator on the south edge of Elkton around 4 p.m. Monday.

Amazi says some homes were evacuated, and traffic was rerouted on Interstate 90.

Farmers use anhydrous ammonia - a potentially dangerous chemical - for fertilizer. The sheriff says the tanks were shut off as of 6:25 p.m., but a cloud of vapor remained.

No one has been hurt. Authorities don’t know what caused the apparent malfunction.


This story corrects the number of leaking tanks to two instead of three.


Information from: Austin Daily Herald, https://www.austindailyherald.com

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