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A transport truck carrying toxic anhydrous ammonia experienced a malfunction while offloading approximately twenty and a half tons of the product into a storage container at around 5:30 AM Tuesday morning in Stewardson. The malfunction resulted in the release of approximately nineteen tons of anhydrous ammonia into the air. About 200 residents were evacuated from affected areas of the community, with responders from local fire departments and law enforcement agencies going door to door to check on the welfare of anybody who may have not been evacuated. Residents were given the all clear to return to their homes at around 8:30 AM. All indications are that the incident was accidental, and no foul play is suspected. Anyone experiencing symptoms of exposure are encouraged to seek medical attention to be evaluated.

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