KCMO General Mills plant employees return to work after carbon dioxide evacuation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City, Mo., General Mills plant was evacuated Wednesday after high levels of carbon dioxide were found.

KCMO Fire PIO James Garrett confirms high levels of carbon dioxide inside the General Mills plant in the 2900 block of Guinotte in the east bottoms.

The company first reported that it noticed the high levels when the alarms inside of the building went off and alerted employees. When the fire department arrived on the scene, they were able to confirm that  they also found high levels of carbon dioxide.

According to Garrett,  the carbon dioxide level was at 4 percent, which is considered explosive. He also added that the high levels of carbon dioxide can make it hard to breathe and could  have caused medical emergencies for some of the employees.

More than 100 employees were evacuated from the building just after 10:30 a.m., as a safety precaution.

Garrett says the leak is confined to the central part of the building and so far no injuries have been reported.

HazMat crews and firefighters were also on the scene to assess the situation and determine if the leak needed to be capped or just dissipated.

As of 12:30, all emissions were shut off and there was no longer a leak. Crews, then gave the all-clear.


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