No danger to the public after chemical leak in Barron County

Highway 8 was temporarily closed and a temporary preventative shelter in place was implemented...
Highway 8 was temporarily closed and a temporary preventative shelter in place was implemented by the Sheriff’s Office, according to a social post via the Barron County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page.(MGN)
Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 1:36 PM CDT
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BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A chemical leak occurred at Jennie-O located in Barron County Monday morning.

Highway 8 was temporarily closed and a temporary preventative shelter in place was implemented by the Sheriff’s Department, according to a social post via the Barron County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page.

According to a media release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, preventable shelter in place precautions that the Sheriff’s Department had out have been removed. There is no danger to the public. The media release from the Sheriff’s Department says it was two chemicals that mixed together in a tank on the outside of the building.

The chemicals were later identified in an updated media release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department as Anatox and Lysine that had been “accidentally mixed together.” Jennie-O immediately evacuated the facility in efforts to protect employees against inhalation hazards.

Two employees drove themselves to a hospital to be checked out. No other injuries were reported from the incident, according to the media release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

Assisting with the incident included Barron Maple Grove Fire Department, Mayo Ambulance, Rice Lake Fire Department/Hazmat Team, Barron Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Barron County Sheriff’s Department.