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Walmart in Hope, Arkansas reopens following ammonia leak

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A tanker truck leaking toxic chemicals causes a 24 hour Walmart to close for more than 12 hours in Hope, Arkansas.

The supercenter was evacuated around 10 p.m. last night and re-open Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.

According to authorities, a tanker truck carrying anhydrous ammonia pulled into the parking lot of the store to rest for the night-that's when one of the valves on the truck gave way and the chemical leaked out.

WalMart employees noticed the smell of ammonia and called police. When authorities arrived on the scene, they evacuated the store and the parking lot.

Hope police and fire are on the scene, as well as Hempstead County Emergency Management officials and Arkansas Highway Patrol.

Everyone was kept a safe distance of at least 300 feet from the leaking tanker while authorities await the arrival of another truck from the company that owns it, so that the chemical can be transferred and removed from the area.

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