Firefighters tackle ammonia leak

FIREFIGHTERS tackled an ammonia leak which had sent a strong smell wafting over parts of Ipswich.The leak came from the former Harris Bacon Factory in Hadleigh Road, with first reports of the smell being made just before 9.

FIREFIGHTERS tackled an ammonia leak which had sent a strong smell wafting over parts of Ipswich.

The leak came from the former Harris Bacon Factory in Hadleigh Road, with first reports of the smell being made just before 9.30pm yesterday.

Fire crews, police and Environment Agency officials were called to the scene, and immediately set about trying to contain the leak.

At one stage, people in the Whitehouse area of the town – some distance away from Hadleigh Road – reported the smell of ammonia in the air. However, nobody was evacuated from their homes.

A police spokesman said: "It is not causing any immediate danger to anybody. We are in consultation with the Environment Agency who are also on the scene."

It is believed the ammonia was dispersing safely into the air.

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