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Overturned Lawn Care Truck Spills Ammonium Nitrate

SPRING HILL – At least one person is reportedly injured after lawn care truck carrying ammonium nitrate overturned on Spring Hill Drive at Linden Drive.

Sources say the driver suffered a possible leg injury and was transported locally for treatment.

Crews are attempting to contain an unknown amount of ammonium nitrate and other chemicals that spilled from the truck.

It is not known what damage could result from the chemicals entering the storm drain.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the crash.

Ammonium Nitrate is extremely volatile in a solid form and is the chemical used to destroy the Oklahoma City Federal Building in 1995.

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  • Ammonium Nitrate is a source of nitrogen. It was not being transported in bulk and in it’s highly diluted state poses little to no threat. All pest control trucks should carry a label and SDS (old msds) book. If you look in the photo the man is preforming the proper response, The 3 C’s. Control, Contain and Clean. what will be left is a small stain.

    Friday, 21 July 2017, 6:15 am
  • Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer source, and was not carried in bulk and was in a diluted state, labels and SDS(old MSDS) are carried on the truck. As seen in the photo clean process is being done… 3 C’s – Control, Contain and Clean. Stop the leak, keep it from spreading (see shovel used to dike up from spreading) and then adsorb and remove.

    Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:20 am
  • The materials on this truck were most likely liquid ferterlizers, and herbicides. Neither of which are the best to have spilled onto the ground. But the driver knows exactly what he has on his truck and can communicate that to first responders, if he is unconscious or non-communicative it’s marked on the tank(s) or container(s) if it is over a preticular amount of volume. The first responders have MSDS sheets available on 99% of chemicals that are transported on public roads, rails, air and waterways. They then know the possible hazards and make up of the chemicals involved. He most likely also has granules of ferterlizers. These are not very dangerous and if the spill of either liquid chemicals or solid chemicals was overly large and concerning than the HCFD hazmat truck would have responded as well as a private company that is contracted by the county and/or by the private company who’s truck rolled over to clean up sizeable spills. Yes there was a spill, no it is not good, but no it’s not overly concerning.

    As for ammonium nitrate, Pure, compact AN is stable and very difficult to ignite, and numerous cases exist when even impure AN did not explode in a fire. It’s not quite as volatile as in the movies, but it is still very dangerous and very reactive under certaint circumstances and in large quantities can be very destructive. but that amount is not hauled by those trucks in preticular.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:10 pm
  • looks like someone is gonna get drug tested,lol.. how the hell do you flip a spray tanker anyway? I’ve driven them for years and unless your just a dipshit and don’t know how to drive,well then this happens! hey allen,better give those youngsters a driving!

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:30 pm
  • 100% all pest control companies have the hazmat information in the truck. They have a book on every chemical also they have a spill kit in the trucks. But as you can tell the spill kit wouldn’t have been used due to the truck being turned over. The spill kits are there to stop small spills not 100 to 150 gallons.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:01 pm
  • Ammonium Nitrate is a source of nitrogen, it was not carried in bulk and in the diluted state that is was in was probably a much lesser risk. The paperwork required are labels and SDS (old msds). As you can see in the photo, proper response was being done 3 C’s… Control, Contain and Clean. Stop the spill, Damn it up and then adsorb and remove properly.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 7:56 pm
  • Yeah its just fertilizer.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 7:52 pm
  • Lawn fertilizers, etc. need to stop. Its washed into our very shallow water system and it’s killing native species. There are other, ecological ways to achieve ‘the best green lawn’ in your nice neighborhood.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:32 pm
  • The amount of stupid accidents around here is astounding anymore

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:24 pm
  • Isn’t Immonium Nitrate simply “fertilizer”? Although fertilizer would not have sounded so sensational.

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:24 pm
    • It’s fertilizer but was also used to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma

      Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 5:49 pm
    • It’s Ammonium nitrate. Seems to me SOMEONE – the lawn service company, fire department, etc – SHOULD HAVE HAZMAT INFO SHEET!! Maybe even the driver’s cab should have a copy of hazmat info sheet. USE YOUR CELL PHONES AND CALL FOR INFO!!! Perhaps hospitals might even have info.

      Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 7:21 pm

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