JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A firefighter died and at least 16 people were injured in an ammonia leak in central Israel on Thursday night, officials told Xinhua.
The man perished as a leak of at least eight tons of ammonia emerged at Hod Hefer, a meatpacking factory in the industrial zone of Hefer Valley, and more than a dozen rescue teams rushed to the place in an attempt to halt the leak, a spokesperson for Israel's firefighting service told Xinhua.
"A 58-year-old man was moderately injured and 15 were slightly injured," a spokesperson for Magen David Adom, Israel's rescue service, said in a text message sent to Xinhua.
Hundreds of people in the close vicinity of the factory were evacuated by the police and residents in a two-km range were asked to remain in their homes with the doors shut. The spokesperson said the incident apparently occurred as one of the worker accidentally hit a tank containing 60 tons of the hazardous gas.