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Ruptured gas line causes ammonia leak in Hampton, authorities issue emergency alert

Authorities advise people in the area to have shelter in place, power off their air conditioning, and to avoid using outside air until further notice.

ARKANSAS, USA — According to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, authorities noticed an ammonia leak on the east side Hampton. 

The leak reportedly occurred after a backhoe ruptured an anhydrous ammonia gas line. 

According to reports, authorities have contained the leak but the ammonia has already spread into the air.

According to Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, at least 60 residents were evacuated from the area east of Highway 167. Those west of the highway were asked to shelter in place.

Evacuees are in shelters at Hampton High School and Hampton First Baptist Church.

There's currently no timetable on when the issue will be resolved. 

According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the leak will result in detours and the following roads will be closed: Highway 278 from Bradley 9 Road in Banks to 12th Street in Harrell.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.