West Texas chemical leak continues

By: BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press
By: BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Fire officials in West Texas say a chemical leak continues unabated and nearby residents are being kept away from their homes as a precaution.

Hazardous materials experts are working Thursday to stop the leak at an agricultural company. It has forced the evacuation of about 100 families.

Lubbock Fire Marshal spokesman Robert Loveless says no injuries have been reported and the evacuation that began Wednesday evening was conducted in an area several blocks around the Bayer CropScience facility near Interstate 27. A tank there is leaking hydrogen chloride, which when released and exposed to moisture in the air forms hydrochloric acid.

There's no estimate on how long it might take to stop the leak.

The Lubbock school district cancelled classes at a nearby elementary school because streets around it were closed.

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