Shelter in place lifted in Washington CH; chlorine leak contained

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OH (WCMH) — A chlorine leak at the water treatment facility in Washington Court House on Friday morning resulted in first responders telling nearby residents and schools to stay inside until the situation was contained.

One city employee was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons but has no serious injuries.

The leak began around 9 a.m. and ended around 11 a.m. Another brief leak occurred just before noon but city officials told NBC4 the tank was low and not as dangerous as the first. They believe a faulty valve is to blame for the leaks.

“You wanted to make sure that you weren’t dealing with the bigger situation than you initially thought,” says city manager Joe Denen of the decision to urge residents to stay inside.

As of late Friday afternoon, there were no known injuries as a result of the chlorine leak. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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