Six killed in liquid nitrogen leak at poultry plant in U.S. state of Georgia

AFP , Thursday 28 Jan 2021

Police told reporters that the leak's cause remains unknown

A liquid nitrogen leak at a northeastern Georgia poultry plant killed at least six people and led to the hospitalization of at least 10 others, officials said on Thursday.

Five people died at the Gainesville plant before they could be taken to a hospital, while one person died in the emergency room, the officials said.

The nitrogen leak happened at the Prime Pak Foods facility in Gainesville, about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, around 10 a.m., said Zach Brackett, a Hall County Fire Services spokesman.

A representative for the company was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

Officials said that three Gainesville firefighters and one firefighter from Hall County were among those taken to the hospital.

At least 130 other people were taken from the plant to gather at a nearby church to be medically evaluated, police said.

Nearby schools were put on lockdown as a precaution, officials said, but there was no hazard reported outside the facility.

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