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Chalmette ferry shut down after possible chemical release

12:15 Dec 26 2012 Chalmette, LA, USA

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CHALMETTE, La. -- St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office received notice from the Crescent City Connection Division the lower Chalmette-Algiers ferry being closed after passengers reportedly got sick.

According to the St Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, the notice from a ferry said a "chemical cloud" caused throat and eye irritation to passengers onboard.

The ferry was headed to east bank from west bank and had to turn around, according to the sheriff’s office. Louisiana State Police said smoke was released from RAIN ICC plant on the Mississippi River which had been closed for one week. DEQ has been called to test air quality.
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