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Hazmat crews check out leak at holding tank in Allentown industrial area

Published On: May 16 2013 07:02:52 AM EDT   Updated On: May 16 2013 03:03:32 PM EDT

Carbon dioxide leak


Hazmat crews checked out an apparent leak in Allentown Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. at Acme Cryogenics at 1 W. Allen St., under the Tilghman Street bridge.

A liquid carbon dioxide tank was leaking, and the cloud that forms from the substance can cause suffocation, fire officials said.


A truck driver familiar with the equipment was able to make his way to a shut-off valve on the tank, which stopped the leak.

Businesses in the industrial park were evacuated as a precaution, but residences weren't evacuated as the wind was blowing toward the river, officials said.

No one was hurt.