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Chlorine leak in Lewiston causes evacuation; No one harmed

UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

From staff reports

A chlorine leak at a Lewiston welding supplies store caused an evacuation of the business and surrounding homes on Thursday afternoon.

A hazmat team responded and cleaned up the leak at 2:11 p.m. at OXARC Inc., 2513 Third Ave., according to a news release from the City of Lewiston. No one was harmed.

An employee who reported the leak saw a “150 pound cylinder of chlorine with a green cloud of smoke on the floor around the base of the cylinder,” according to the news release.

The leak was cleaned by 6 p.m., allowing evacuees to return home.

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