Belfonte, post office, 2 other businesses evacuated due to ammonia leak

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Employees at Belfonte Ice Cream were evacuated from their building Thursday morning due to an ammonia leak.

Kansas City, Mo., police dispatch told FOX 4 that they are blocking traffic near Truman and Brooklyn until the leak is under control.

As of 8:30 a.m., crews were on the scene working to ventilate the ammonia from the building.

Battalion Chief James Garrett told FOX 4 that the initial leak was caused when the electricity temporarily went down Thursday morning. The cause of the subsequent leaks is still under investigation.

Ammonia is used in the refrigeration process, but it can be deadly when breathed in.

"Well it kind of displaces your oxygen so you're breathing in the chemicals," Garrett said when referring to the dangers of ammonia. " So it's pretty dangerous."

The post office as well as two other area business were also evacuated as a precaution.

"Once we mitigate the whole circumstance, we'll let everybody back in," Garrett said.


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