WOODWARD, Okla. — A hydrogen chloride gas leak at the Deepwater Chemical plant near Woodward airport forced the evacuation of a square mile area for a brief time Thursday afternoon.

Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer issued the evacuation order at 2:35 p.m. Thursday. The evacuation order included the Juvenile Detention Center and totaled more than 100 people, he said.

At 3:10 p.m., Lehenbauer reported the facility had stopped the leak and the gas plume had dissipated. Residents and workers in the area of the airport and industrial park were allowed to return.

The evacuation only lasted about 40 minutes until Deepwater Chemical's hazardous materials team was able to stop the leak, Lehenbauer said.

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