HARRINGTON, Wash. -- Officials said an ammonia leak in Harrington was clear as of 3:40 p.m. Harrington Elementary students were released following the all-clear from crews at the scene.
A large ammonia leak from a railcar shut down a three-block radius in Harrington Friday around 1:45 p.m. Hazmat crew eventually shut off the valve to the railcar and the ammonia cloud dissipated.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said around 20,000 gallons of the chemical was leaking. Along with the area around the railcar, Harrington Elementary was placed in lockdown as a precaution. The Sheriff's Office also said the leak was some distance away from the school.
All students were safe and accounted for at the time of the leak according to School District employees. However, leaders said they would not be releasing students at the normal time, since no one was allowed to leave until the lockdown was over. Parents were asked not to come to pick up their children.
State Route 23 and 28 was also shut down for a time in both directions from Harrington to Davenport.
One employee at Crop Production Services, a fertilizer plant in Harrington, and one deputy were sent to the hospital to be cleaned off an looked at. Both people were expected to be okay.