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Ammonium Nitrate Spill in Costa Rica Causes Beach Closings to End Labor Day Weekend

Breaking Costa Rica News – Many on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica enjoying the end of Labor Day weekend might be heading back to their homes early away form the beach.  

ammonium nitrate spill costa rica 1A red alert was put out by the National Emergency Commission to warn swimmers and fishermen about a barge that overturned on Saturday. This resulted in an ammonium nitrate spill.

The barge was carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate and two crew members when strong waves caused it to capsize. The chemical makes it unsafe to swim in and eat fish from the affected area.

The area ranges from Caldera to the tip of Puntarenas and includes the coastal area from Playa Pájaros to Playa Tambor.

The alert to avoid contact with the contaminated water is precautionary.

Until water samples are analysed it’s best to stay away from the water.

Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer that can cause poisoning when ingested or exposed to the skin or eyes. Symptoms can include cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, dizziness and burning eyes.

If you have been in contact with the water and have any negative reaction you can call the National Poison Center of Costa Rica, to phone 2223-1028.


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