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Chemical leak prompts Santa Teresa evacuations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Emergency crews cleared the scene early this morning after a chemical leak forced the evacuations of workers at the Santa Teresa Logistics Park near Airport Road Wednesday night, New Mexico State Police told KTSM Newschannel 9.

The scene was cleared at 2 a.m. today, and businesses were allowed to reopen and employees were allowed back inside their buildings, KTSM reported.

A business owner in the industrial park told Newschannel 9 that the leak originated in a chile plant, and workers complained of watery eyes and a chemical taste in their mouths.

According to television station KFOX14, HAZMAT crews were called to the park around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday said something in the air was causing them to have nosebleeds and respiratory problems.

All the workers were evacuated and nearby streets were blocked off, KFOX14 said.

Officials said about 30 people were treated at the scene, and at least one person was taken to a hospital.

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