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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 residents in the neighborhood to stay indoors in the hours immediately after the leak.

About 80 pounds of anhydrous ammonia escaped from the plant at about 11:20 a.m Wednesday. High levels of ammonia can cause respiratory problems. Some Butchertown residents reported smelling ammonia after the leak. Louisville Fire and Rescue spokesperson Capt. Sal Melendez told the Courier-Journal that people might smell strong odors of the gas even if there are only trace amounts. Melendez said there were no levels of “harmful exposure” recorded outside the plant.

Sirens sounded a little more than an hour after the event, advising people nearby to stay indoors. Residents got the all clear at about 2:15pm. Some residents complained the fire department waited too long to sound the sirens. Spokesperson Melendez says officials activated the sirens after increasing the threat level of the leak.

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Ammonia Leak Detected Inside JBS Plant

One building at the JBS Swift meat-packing plant in Butchertown has been evacuated following an ammonia leak this morning.

The leak was detected shortly before 11:30 this morning. Police, fire and emergency management crews are on the scene determining the cause and scale of the leak.

No injuries have been reported. Some streets around the plant may be blocked by emergency vehicles.