Butchertown Slaughterhouse Evacuation: Residents Complain About Sirens

An ammonia leak at the JBS plant in Butchertown yesterday caused the evacuation of about 700 workers. Firefighters urged people in the neighborhood to stay indoors in the hours immediately after the leak. Some residents complained the fire department waited too long to sound the sirens warning of the leak. Officials say they activated the sirens after increasing the threat level of the leak.

“All Clear” Sounded Outside JBS Swift Plant

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.