Chemical Leak Forces 100 Texas Families From Homes

LUBBOCK (May 9, 2013)--A chemical leak at an agricultural company in Lubbock forced about 100 families from their homes, but nobody has been hurt.

The evacuation order remained in effect Thursday in a zone extending for several blocks, Lubbock police said.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused Wednesday night's leak at Bayer CropScience near Interstate 27.

Company employees noticed a leak from an apparent faulty valve on a tank.

The Lubbock Fire Department said the leak involves hydrogen chloride, which when released forms hydrochloric acid.

Bayer CropScience spokesman Monty Christian said the chemical, which is used to get fiber off cotton seed, is not explosive but can be corrosive to skin and lungs.

Christian says the leaking cylinder is from another company that will provide hazmat experts.

The name of that other company wasn't immediately released.

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