2 plants near Nashville fairgrounds evacuated due to ammonia leak

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An ammonia leak closed down several streets near the the Fairgrounds Nashville Tuesday morning and forced two plants to evacuate.

It was reported around 3:30 a.m. at Mrs. Grissom’s on Bransford Avenue. At least seven employees were in the plant at that time.

Several employees were outside the nearby Coca-Cola plant because they started to smell the ammonia inside their building. Those 25 employees were eventually taken to a different location near 100 Oaks to be evaluated.

Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place while firefighters and the Office of Emergency Management officials cleared the scene. Residents were also being asked to turn their air conditioners.

The parking lot of 100 Oaks Mall was used a triage and decontamination area. Those impacted by the leak were asked to hose off behind a tarp.

As of 6 a.m., at least one person had been transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. However, some at the scene that were inside the plants are being evaluated further.

Nashville OEM and the Nashville Fire Department said the ammonia was mixing with the fog and creating an irritant.

Metro police and the Nashville Fire Department quickly closed down nearby streets to ensure no one came close to the plants while crews worked to shut off the leak.

There has been no indication of exactly what caused the leak.

According to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mrs. Grisson’s has been cited once in the last five years.

The plant was cited for employees not following procedures when dealing the hazardous chemicals and not providing enough training on certain machines.