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Published October 19, 2010, 07:57 AM

Ammonia leak prompts evacuation in Morris

MORRIS, Minn. (AP) - It wasn't a very restful night for dozens of people in west-central Minnesota.

MORRIS, Minn. (AP) - It wasn't a very restful night for dozens of people in west-central Minnesota.

Stevens County sheriff's officials say about 250 people were evacuated from their homes in Morris about 10 p.m. Monday because of an anhydrous ammonia leak at a nearby farm.

The ammonia is handled under high pressure and used as a fertilizer. When pressure is released it converts to gas and can cause severe chemical burns.

In addition to the evacuation, the University of Minnesota sent an alert advising students at the Morris campus to remain inside. Evacuees were sent to a university building.

KSAX reports residents were allowed to return to their homes about 1 a.m. Tuesday after the gas dissipated.

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