Authorities respond to chemical spill in Gadsden

Authorities respond to chemical spill in Gadsden
Scene in Gadsden outside Koch Food, Inc. (Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC) (Dixon Hayes)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Officials in Etowah County confirm a chemical spill at Koch Food, Inc. in Gadsden.

The spill happened Friday afternoon. The leak was involving a chemical called anhydrous ammonia.

The plant, located on Paden Road in Gadsden, was evacuated. We’re told 22 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. There is no update on their conditions.

Officials emphasize that there was no threat to the public at any time and no evacuations were necessary, other than the personnel on the plant grounds.

The plant will remain closed overnight. College Parkway, which was limited to traffic earlier Friday evening, has now been reopened.

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