Scene of ammonia leak in Emek Hefer.
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Authorities announced a little after 12 a.m. Friday that an ammonia leak in the Emek Hefer industrial park was under control and that nearby residents previously ordered to stay indoors were permitted to leave their homes.
The leak broke out the Hod Hefer factory in the central Israeli region Thursday night, leaving one firefighter dead and 20 others injured, including six other firefighters.
Sixteen of those injured from inhaling toxic gases were evacuated to hospitals for medical treatment. One of the injured sustained moderate wounds while the others were lightly hurt, according to Israel Radio.
At least eight tons of ammonia leaked.
Police asked people who live near the industrial area, south of Hadera, to remain in their homes and close their windows and doors to avoid the poisonous substance.
According to Israel Radio, the cause of the leak was suspected to have been caused by factory workers accidentally cutting two pipes linked to the ammonia tank that leaked.
Police closed a section of Route 4 near the site during the incident.