Ammonia Leak Sends Several to Hospital

An ammonia leak at a New Britain ice cream company sent a dozen people to the hospital.

The leak from some refrigeration equipment Monday morning forced the evacuation of more than 200 people from Celebration Foods, which makes Carvel ice cream products.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut reported treating 18 people.  "The patients presented with nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath," said their press release.  DEP spokesman Dennis Schain says they were being checked for possible exposure to anhydrous ammonia, which is considered a hazardous material.

Schain says valves where the leak occurred have been secured.

There's no immediate information on the condition of those taken to area hospitals.

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