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Beach Park - 25 April 2019
1. Zoom to leak site ++AERIAL++ (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Covelli, Lake County Sheriff's spokesman:
"Right now what sheriff's deputies and fire personnel are doing is they're going door to door knocking on doors trying to make contact with those in the immediately affected area to find out are the occupants inside those homes are they OK? Were they affected by the gas? We want to be sure if somebody was sleeping with the windows open last night that they're safe because this is a silent gas so to speak. People can inhale this and not know and become quickly unconscious. So we're we're checking on their well-being."
3. Emergency vehicles in area where leak occured ++AERIAL++(COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Covelli, Lake County Sheriff's spokesman:
"There were two sheriff's deputies transported to the hospital. They're in stable condition. A Zion police officer was also transported to the hospital. My understanding is he's in stable condition as well."
5 . SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Mike Gallo, Lake Forest Fire Department:
"And I'm just reiterating that that we're not getting any reports of an accident. It looks like these tanks leaked because of a failure of the the tank itself."
6. Pan of area where leak occurred, zoom to emergency vehicles ++AERIAL++ (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
7 . SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Mike Gallo, Lake Forest Fire Department:
"As of right now we have gone to our life safety box. We exhausted right -- we're in Division 4. So we went to the fifth alarm which is the most. We got ambulances here. We actually went inter- divisional to division 3 -- which is in Cook County. You'll see some of their ambulances here. So we're working with about 25 ambulances shuttling people through as you see the ambulances come back. They've dropped off a patient at the hospital and then they've come back to the scene and they report back to staging."
8. Area where leak occured ++AERIAL++ (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
9 . SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Mike Gallo, Lake Forest Fire Department:
"The leak is stopped. The issue is the plume of gas now. I mean the liquid leaks are solid. Those are a little bit easier to contain and dike off. This is harder something that's airborne. So they're kind of monitoring it. Our hazardous material technicians are in there. They're dressed with much more appropriate gear than just even fire turnout gear. They've got monitors. They're checking air quality -- they're getting into homes checking the same things."
Plumes of a toxic gas that leaked in a northern Chicago suburb Thursday morning sent dozens of people to hospitals and prompted an order for residents to stay locked inside their homes with windows shut tight, officials said.
Three law enforcement officers who responded to the leak in Beach Park were among those injured and they were in good condition, Lake County Sheriff's spokesman Christopher Covelli said.
Several other people were in serious but stable condition, Covelli said.
Lake Forest Fire Chief Mike Gallo said a tractor was towing two separate 2-ton containers of anhydrous ammonia when the leak occurred around 4:30 a.m.
Initial reports suggested the vehicle was involved in a crash, but Covelli later said that was not the case.
The leak created a toxic cloud that lingered over Beach Park, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of downtown Chicago.
"People can inhale this and not know and become quickly unconscious," Covelli said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anhydrous ammonia is a colorless gas that can cause breathing difficulties, burns, blisters and is fatal if breathed in high concentrations. Farmers use it to add nitrogen to soil.
Authorities said the leak was contained a few hours later and that the leaking tank was empty. Authorities were waiting for the chemical plume to dissipate.
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