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No injuries after Freon leak at jail in Tucson

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Authorities say there are no reported injuries after a Freon leak at the Pima County Jail in Tucson.

Tucson Fire Department crews responded to the jail shortly after noon Monday after the leak of colorless gas was reported.

Crews learned that maintenance workers were working on the roof and thought the Freon had been drained.

When they opened a valve, they saw there was still Freon in the system.

Fire haz-mat crews secured the leak and then got rid of any leftover Freon with electric smoke ejectors and fans.

The jail staff had evacuated those in the area of the leak before fire crews arrived.

Authorities say acute exposure to Freon can lead to dizziness, drowsiness and possibly an irregular heartbeat.

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