Ammonium Nitrate Spilled in Pa. Crash


A truck hauling ammonium nitrate, a potentially explosive fertilizer, overturned Thursday morning in southern York County.

The crash happened at the intersection of Route 74 and Route 372 in Lower Chanceford Township around 7 a.m. Both roads were shut down for hours.

The enclosed dump truck was carrying about 20,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate. About 1,000 pounds of that spilled onto the roadway.

Fire officials said the spill did not pose a danger and nothing in the area was contaminated.

"There's no danger. It had to have some kind of ignition source to make it a danger," said Airville Fire Department Chief Ronnie Miller.

No one was hurt in the crash and hazmat crews eventually cleared the scene.

State police are investigating what caused the truck to overturn.

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