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OSHA investigating Kunzler & Company after ammonia leak in Lancaster County

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Kunzler & Company Inc. following a hazmat incident on March 12.
Credit: WPMT

LANCASTER, Pa. — Update, March 16: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating Kunzler & Company Inc. following this hazmat incident.

An OSHA representative says that the investigation is ongoing, and the organization has six months to complete it.

Kunzler has been investigated by OSHA nine times since 2018—including this incident—over safety concerns.

Update, 2:50 p.m.: The shelter-in-place order has been lifted for Lancaster City residents.

During a press conference this afternoon, officials said the incident was contained just before noon but crews will remain on the scene for some additional time to clean up.

Manor Street is now open.

Update, 1:25 p.m.: Lancaster City officials say crews remain on the scene of the incident but they have now identified the source of the leak and have managed to isolate it. 

In a Facebook post shared by the city, they say the leak is located inside the plant and is now contained.

Hazmat crews continue to monitor the air in the surrounding areas.

Officials say there is no immediate threat to the public, but the shelter-in-place remains in effect for now.

Previously: Lancaster City residents are being asked to shelter in place after a hazardous materials incident on Sunday.

Hazmat officials say the shelter-in-place order extends half a mile around Kunzler & Company Inc., on the 600 block of Manor Street.

According to officials, the incident involves an anhydrous ammonia leak. Ammonia is a toxic gas or liquid corrosive to tissues upon contact.

So far, there are no reports of injuries.

Experts say residents should take the following self-protective actions:

1. Go inside immediately and stay inside your house or building.

2. Bring pets indoors if you can do so quickly.

3. Close all windows and doors.

4. Close fireplace dampers.

5. Gather radio, flashlight, food, water and medicines.

6. Call 911 only if you have a true emergency. You will be advised when this dangerous condition has passed and it is safe to go outside and resume normal activities.

Credit: HazmatSafe.org

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