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"All Clear" Sounded Outside JBS Swift Plant

Residents near the JBS Swift meat-packing plant in Butchertown are no longer being advised to stay indoors because of an anhydrous ammonia leak inside the plant. Officials gave the ‘all clear’ around 2:20pm. The leak was first reported shortly before 11:30. Warning sirens were sounded about an hour later, after emergency workers assessed the scene. No chemicals were detected outside of the Swift building, and a MetroSafe official says the warning to stay indoors was precautionary. Swift employees were evacuated but have moved back into the plant. One person was taken to the hospital on a non-emergency call after reporting nausea.MetroSafe workers could not say whether any animals have been moved from the plant.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.