Authorities respond to ammonia spill at Kansas State University

The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched at 8:38 a.m. to the the chemistry/biochemistry building at K-State, where firefighters found a small ammonia cylinder on the third floor had been leaking before university employees shut it off. (Manhattan Fire)

MANHATTAN — Riley County Emergency Medical Services staff checked out two patients for possible exposure to ammonia after a hazardous materials spill Wednesday morning in the chemistry/biochemistry building on the Kansas State University campus, authorities said.

 

Both patients were examined, then released, said Deputy Chief Ryan Almes of the Manhattan Fire Department. No dollar loss was reported.

The fire department was dispatched at 8:38 a.m. to the building, where firefighters found a small ammonia cylinder on the third floor had been leaking before university employees shut it off, Almes said.

Firefighters monitored the air to ensure it was safe and helped ventilate the building, which was then turned over to facilities and lab personnel, he said.

A total of 13 firefighters using four fire department vehicles went to the scene, with the last leaving about 9:30 a.m., Almes said.

The fire department was assisted by K-State Environmental Health and Safety, K-State Facilities, Riley County EMS and the K-State Police Department, he said.

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