How many people died in the Gainesville Hazmat explosion?

MULTIPLE people were rushed to the hospital following a chemical leak at a food processing plant in Gainesville, Georgia.

Hall County officials have confirmed at least 10 people were injured and taken to the hospital following a leak at a Prime Pak Foods in Gainesville.

How many people died in the Gainesville Hazmat explosion?

At a news conference on January 28, officials said four people died at the plant.

Ten people were taken to a nearby hospital, one of them has since died and three are in critical condition, health officials with the Northeast Georgia Health System told Wsb-tv.

Three Gainesville firefighters and one firefighter from Hall County were among those taken to hospitals.


What caused the blast?

Officials said a liquid nitrogen leak happened at Prime Pak Foods around 10am.

A local elementary school initially said the blast erupted following a "nitrogen leak," but claimed it was "contained/not airborne."

Lyman Hall Elementary school asked students to shelter in place following the blast.

"Lyman Hall Elem is sheltering n place due to nitrogen leak at nearby poultry plant. Students indoors/safe. Leak contained/not airborne," the school tweeted.

How did the Gainesville police department initially respond to the scene?

The Gainesville police department initially responded to the scene as a "HAZMAT situation".

"The entire roadway of Memorial Park Drive/Road (from Browns Bridge Rd to Atlanta Hwy) is shut down due to a HAZMAT situation.

"Please avoid the area and use alternate routes," the Gainesville police department tweeted just before 11am on January 28.

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