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Ammonia Leak Leads to Evacuations, Closes Schools

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities are struggling to stem a leak
from an ammonia pipeline. It has forced the evacuation of an
undetermined number of nearby homes and closed three areas schools.

Police say a 16-year-old boy drilling into a pipeline last night
released a cloud of ammonia. The boy told deputies he heard there
was money hidden inside the pipe. He was badly burned and taken to
a hospital.

The six-inch pipe carries ammonia from a port to fertilizer
plants east of Tampa. Authorities say it may take another day or so
to stop it.

Authorities say Reverse-911 recorded calls went out to about
3,700 homes within a half mile of the leak, ordering the residents
to evacuate. They didn't know how many people actually left their
homes.

Officials say the teen will likely face felony charges. Environmental damage, if any, is still being determined.


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