Thieves Cause Ammonia Leak in Christian County

Police are advising hospitals and doctors around Christian County to report anyone seeking treatment for anhydrous ammonia burns.

Officials say thieves, likely meth producers, caused a leak at an Ag company's storage tank on Oct. 29.

The president of Agri-Chem says thieves cut through a fence, broke a lock off a storage tank and unplugged a release valve to get to the ammonia but the hole was never replugged.

The thieves also left their clothing nearby, probably because contaminated clothing can cause burns to the skin.

A spreading cloud of ammonia forced the evacuation of a nearby elementary school as well as businesses and homes within a mile of the company.

Anhydrous ammonia is injected into the soil as a nutrient for crops.

It's also an ingredient for making methamphetamine, an illegal and highly addictive chemical drug.

So far, no arrests have been reported.

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