Chemical leak leads to building evacuation in east downtown

Authorities contained a strong chemical leak in east downtown that caused a music venue to be evacuated late Friday night.

HOUSTON -- Authorities contained a strong chemical leak in east downtown that caused a music venue to be evacuated late Friday night.

Officials from both the Houston fire and police departments received numerous calls about a strong chemical smell at Dallas and Ennis streets near BBVA Compass Stadium around 10 p.m. Friday night. Firefighters evacuated Warehouse Live during a band's performance while they attempted to track down the source of the smell.

Officials say at one point, a security guard at the Freedman Food Services warehouse waved them down. Firefighters discovered one of the pipes for the cooling system there had cracked and leaked ammonium.

Authorities then plugged the leak and ventilated the building. They say the smell carried for about 10 blocks.

There were no injuries as a result of the chemical leak, and no one was transported to the hospital.


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