2 workers injured by ammonia leakAn ammonia leak in a...


June 01, 1994

2 workers injured by ammonia leak

An ammonia leak in a county building near Annapolis yesterday sent two maintenance workers to the hospital and closed offices.

The leak was reported shortly before 7 a.m. at the old Department of Public Works building at 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway.

Hazardous materials crews discovered the leak in a valve at the top of a cylinder that supplies the ammonia to a large copy machine that reproduces blueprints, said Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells, a county fire department spokesman.

The ammonia leaked into the copy room and was picked up by the air conditioning and spread throughout the building.

Two maintenance workers, the only people in the building at the time, were treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Steve Pennington, 37, complained of mild symptoms caused by exposure to the ammonia. Sylvia Wilkerson, 36, was examined after her blood pressure was found to be elevated.

Firefighters stopped the leak, then slowly ventilated the building, Chief Sheckells said. They had hoped to open the building by 1 p.m., but there were still some measurable amounts of ammonia, so most workers were sent home for the day.

The extended Memorial Day vacation did not affect county services, said Lisa I. Ritter, a public works spokesman. All five district offices remained open and higher-level managers reported for work. Secretaries and clerks were sent home.

Firefighters will monitor the air in the offices tomorrow morning, and expect the building to be open at 9 a.m.

5 arrested on light rail

County police assigned to the light rail detail arrested five people Friday, police said yesterday.

One man was charged with two counts of theft under $300; two men were charged with narcotics violations; and a man and a woman were charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

Anthony T. Dow, 24, of the 5000 block of Frederick Ave. in Baltimore, was charged with stealing five combo packs of cigarettes from a Royal Farms store on Camp Meade Road, police said. Officers said Mr. Dow consented to a search after he did not show a fare ticket while riding the train.

Wayne Cole, 39, of no fixed address, was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Officers said that he, too, consented to a search after he did not show a fare ticket when asked, police said.

Doris J. Rogers, 30, of the 400 block of Eutaw St. in Baltimore City, and Anthony J. Prater, 22, of the 100 block of Linwood Ave. in Linthicum, were each charged with disorderly conduct. Police said Ms. Rogers allegedly yelled obscenities when police tried to give a citation to a friend of hers who did not have a fare ticket. Mr. Prater allegedly ran when officers tried to question him at the Linthicum station, police said.

Joseph M. Fitzpatrick, 18, of the 100 block of Vernon Ave. in Glen Burnie, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after he was arrested at the Linthicum station, police said.

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