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ROAD CLOSED AFTER `FREAK’ AMMONIA SPILL

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Geneva Road was closed for two hours Tuesday night because of a "freak" ammonia spill, but no one was hurt.

Around 8:30 p.m., Geneva Steel opened up a pumping system that would normally release some ammonia into the air, said Hugh Connor, captain of Orem's Fire Station No. 2.But because of wind currents the ammonia stayed put, Connor said. This caused police to close the road until about 10:30 p.m. when the winds allowed the ammonia to dissipate. There was no damage and no one was taken to the hospital, though a few drivers on the road complained of nausea and watering eyes.

"It was a normal thing," said Connor. "Geneva always releases a little bit of ammonia into the air; this time the concentration was low but people will notice it at 5 parts per million."

Geneva voluntarily shut down the process and was looking into the leak Wednesday morning, Connor said.