Gurley City Hall airs out following gas leak - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Gurley City Hall airs out following gas leak

Posted: Updated:
Three people were affected by the chlorine gas leak on Tuesday. Three people were affected by the chlorine gas leak on Tuesday.
Authorities left the doors open all night in order to air out the gas smell. Authorities left the doors open all night in order to air out the gas smell.
GURLEY, AL (WAFF) -

Wednesday morning, authorities determined Gurley City Hall was safe for workers to return after a gas leak sent three people to the hospital.

Since then, the source of the leak has been identified and sealed. The doors were left open all night in order to clear out the smell from the leak, and the Gurley mayor said it is now safe for workers to return.

The call about a gas leak came in a little before 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Some people inside called the fire department after they started smelling a strong odor. Both the library and city hall were evacuated.

After a few hours, hazmat crews were able to determine it was a chlorine cylinder leaking in an attached fire truck bay, which is where fire trucks park and go in and out.

According to the CDC, chlorine gas can be recognized by its strong, irritating odor that smells like bleach. Your risk for exposure depends on how close you are to the place where the chlorine was released. If the gas is released into the air, people may be exposed through skin or eye contact and breathing it in.

Immediate signs of exposure are blurred vision, coughing and a burning sensation in your nose, throat and eyes. Long-term complications can come from exposure, but that's more likely to happen if you develop severe health problems.

The mayor said a police officer, a town clerk and a volunteer firefighter were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and symptoms. "It can very much so be a scary situation, especially when our employees are involved, and I don't want anybody to get hurt," said Mayor Robert Sentell.

Those three people affected are expected to be ok.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow