Authorities respond to HAZMAT situation at LMPD property room

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An ammonia spill forced 100 people to evacuate from an LMPD building Wednesday afternoon -- and sent five people to the hospital, including three police officers.

They're all expected to be okay.

Officials were still on the scene as of 3 p.m., airing out the building and waiting for the source of the spill to dissipate. Fire officials stress that they've tested the air in this area and it is safe.

Nearly 30 firefighters responded with police and HAZMAT crews to LMPD's property room building on south Industry Road. The building stores evidence for LMPD.

Around 12:15 today, three people working in the basement carrying a package dropped it, causing the spill. Officials wouldn't say more about what that package was.

The five people who were sent to the hospital had minor problems, including nausea and headaches.

The spilled ammonia was a dry substance that can be very dangerous and even deadly in large amounts, or in cases of prolonged exposure. 

Fire officials say once it's in the air, it dissipates.

LMPD will hire a private contractor that specializes in hazards to clean up inside. They are evaluating whether any evidence stored inside might be affected.

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