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All clear given for evacuation after Woodward hydrogen chloride leak

WOODWARD — Emergency management officials issued an all-clear Thursday afternoon for people to return to their homes and businesses near Woodward’s airport after ordering an evacuation earlier in the day because of a hydrogen chloride leak at a chemicals plant there.

Residents who lived north of the Woodward airport were ordered to evacuate about 2:30 p.m. and were given permission to return about a half-hour later.

The evacuation zone covered about a square mile, between the airport and County Road 0380.

At 3:10 p.m., the Woodward County Emergency Management Office announced Deepwater Chemicals had stopped the leak and that its plume had dissipated.

The leak was reported by Deepwater Chemicals, a company that produces organic and inorganic iodine derivatives for domestic and foreign customers.

Iodine and iodine derivatives are used in a wide range of medical, agricultural and industrial applications.

Deepwater Chemicals is a registered manufacturing facility with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, its website states.

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