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Ammonia leak prompts some downtown Boise street closures, evacuations

An alert went out Wednesday morning in a half-mile radius of 15th Street near the I-184 overpass.
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BOISE, Idaho — Boise Fire Department crews have cleared the scene of an ammonia leak that occurred early Wednesday morning along 15th Street just north of River Street, south of the I-184 connector overpass. All streets in the area reopened and the area was declared safe at about noon.

The River Street off-ramp from the eastbound I-184 connector in downtown Boise and other streets in the area were closed, and some businesses evacuated as a precaution.

The leak was first reported to emergency dispatch shortly before 6:30 a.m. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Boise Fire Dept. had not determined what caused a break in the line that led to the leak. A cold storage facility is located in the area

The area notified of the gas leak Wednesday morning in a Code Red alert includes several blocks north and south of the connector, which becomes Myrtle Street at 13th. People within 500 feet were advised to keep doors and windows closed and heating-and-cooling systems turned off.

Pivot Lifestyle and Fitness, located off of Myrtle Street between 12th and 13th streets, notified members that its facility had been evacuated for safety purposes. It reopened just before 9 a.m.

This developing story will be updated as new information is confirmed.

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