Ammonia gas leak injures four, panics thousands in Saigon

By Tuyet Nguyen, Duy Tran   October 10, 2017 | 02:16 am PT
Ammonia gas leak injures four, panics thousands in Saigon
Police evacuate students from the site of an ammonia gas leak in Saigon's Binh Chanh District on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by VnExpress/Tuyet Nguyen
The gas leaks from an extraction station of a local firm, killing many animals in the neighborhood.

Four people were hospitalized on Tuesday afternoon in the wake of an ammonia gas leak that also killed scores of livestock and poultry in the outskirts of Saigon.

When the accident happened, locals spotted white smoke and an unpleasant smell coming from a gas extraction station on An Phu Tay Street in Binh Chanh District before seeing many workers running out, struggling to breathe and even vomiting blood.

The gas killed many plants, pets, livestock and poultry nearby and prompted a mass evacuation of more than 1,000 students and locals.

According to eyewitnesses, the pipe broke as workers were extracting the gas from a truck at the station, causing the leak.

The four victims included a passer-by, the truck driver and two workers. They are now in stable condition.

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