Neighborhood Evacuated After Fertilizer Spill

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities have declared a business area and
neighborhood safe to return to after an evacuation prompted by a spill
of ammonium nitrate powder and fuel oil this morning.

The spill happened just before 5:45 a.m. when a flatbed truck
hauling another truck tipped on its side in a commercial area about
two miles east of downtown Las Vegas.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Las Vegas city officials say residents and businesses were
allowed to return less than four hours later.

Ammonium nitrate can be used as a fertilizer and can be
explosive when mixed with fuel oil. The two substances were used in
the April 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that
killed 168 people.

Officials say the diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate did not mix
in Wednesday's spill.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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