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Leak That Displaced Lubbock Neighborhood Stopped

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Crews have stopped a Lubbock chemical tank leak almost 24 hours after it forced about 100 families from their homes.

A city statement says all of the corrosive hydrogen chloride contained in the leaking tank had been drained into another tank by sundown Thursday. The pressure remaining in the tank was reduced to the point where the leak had stopped.

The street in front of the Bayer CropScience outlet where the tank is situated remains closed for decontamination, but the city expected it to reopen by Friday morning.

The residents of a nearby neighborhood had been allowed to return to their homes Thursday afternoon. The neighborhood had been evacuated after the leak was detected about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

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