Ammonium Nitrate spill, fire prompts evacuation in Newberry County
Tue, 21 May 2013 02:22:11 GMT —
NEWBERRY, SC (WACH / AP) -- A South Carolina community is sighing with relief after a truck carrying a dangerous explosive caught fire and prompted evacuations.
A mechanical problem on a tanker truck sparked an ammonium nitrate spill in Newberry County Monday night, according to the Newberry County Sheriff's Department. A fire in the cab of the truck caused the spill near the intersection of Highway 39 and Rose Bud Lane in the Chappells area of Newberry County.
The evacuation order for those within a one mile radius of the spill has been lifted.
Sheriff Lee Foster said the area was clear and roads were open before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Ammonium nitrate is the same substance that caused a massive blast at a Texas fertilizer plant last month that killed 15 people and used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed nearly 170 people.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency ammonium nitrate is often used in fertilizer.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
The red circle on this map is a 1 mile radius from the intersection of Highway 39 and Rose Bud Lane.