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UPDATE: Employees are back at work after an ammonia leak near Bloomfield, Neb.

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NEAR BLOOMFIELD, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - Swift action from one northeast Nebraska farming operation kept residents breathing easy.

Workers at Bloom N Egg farm near Bloomfield run through several safety drills during the year.

“The do training for tornado drills, fire drills, ammonia leak. In fact, that actually caused a little bit of confusion this morning cause we were scheduled to do a drill for an ammonia leak this week,” Dave Morton, the Bloom N Egg's Vice President of Farming Operations said.

Friday morning was anything but a drill as employees discovered an ammonia valve malfunction around 6:45 in the facilities engine room. Workers sounded the alarm and evacuated the premises.

“Pulled everybody in town to the fire hall, called 911, and the fire department responded, state patrol responded county sheriff was here," Morton said.

Norfolk's Hazmat team made it on the scene just before 9 o'clock Friday morning and quickly surveyed the operation to see where the leak was coming from.

“We don't know for sure what happened yet. It looks like either a faulty valve or a malfunctioning compressor,” Morton said.

Company officials commend workers on their swift action, and say it was the best outcome in a bad situation.

“We are evaluating the layer houses right now to see if we had any losses their we don't know yet. We are hopeful with the little breeze that we had, and the fact that the overflow pipe was at a pretty high level on the plant that maybe it blew overtop,” Morton said.

Roughly 60 workers were at the facility when the ammonia leak was detected. Company officials said in a statement the an ammonia leak is believed to be caused by a malfunctioning pressure relief valve.

The all-clear alert was issued Friday afternoon and employees are now back working on the farm.

"Ensuring the safety of our employees, our animals and the community is our top priority. We are grateful no injuries have been reported."

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NEAR BLOOMFIELD, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - Rescue officials from Norfolk and Knox County are dealing with an ammonia leak west of Bloomfield, Nebraska.

Company officials with the Bloom N Egg Farm located about 2 1/2 miles west of Bloomfield on Highway 84 said an ammonia valve at their facility malfunctioned at about 6:45 a.m. Friday. and evacuated employees immediately.

The Norfolk Hazmat team responded and said that the ammonia leak appears to have been contained to the Bloom N Egg facility and that no area communities would need to be evacuated.

Rescue officials said they are hoping to get the malfunctioned valve closed as soon as possible.

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NEAR BLOOMFIELD, Neb. (KTIV) - Norfolk, Nebraska Fire Chief Scott Cordes confirms they are sending a Hazmat crew to Michael Foods Inc. plant for a possible ammonia leak.

Chief Cordes said they were dispatched to assist Friday morning 2.5 miles west of Bloomfield.

There's been no official word on any evacuations at this time, but residents in the town of Bloomfield have said they have not been evacuated.

Officials with the Knox County Emergency Management office said they had no information to disseminate at this time.

KTIV's US92 Norfolk News Bureau's Nate Gonner is on his way and will have details from the scene.

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