At 9:31 p.m. July 31, the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 316 Illini Drive in Tonica. Firefighters found a vehicle fully involved in fire, but it was quickly knocked down and an overhaul was performed before there was any damage to the residence.. The TVFD cleared the scene in less than one hour. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire is not considered to be of suspicious origin, but is still under investigation.
At 6:04 a.m. Aug 1, the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department was called for a reported anhydrous ammonia leak at 516 N. 19th Road in Tonica (Northern Partners). Emergency personnel found there had been a small operational release of anhydrous ammonia, which had been contained by Northern Partners employees before emergency personnel arrived. The TVFD responded with a pumper, a rescue truck and an ambulance. Personnel were on the scene for only about 10 minutes, and there were no reported injuries. Anhydrous ammonia is commonly used as a fertilizer. In its gaseous form, it is compressed into a liquid and mixed with other plant growth enhancers. It can also be applied in gaseous form, where it combines with the moisture in the dirt, resulting in ammonia enriched fertilizer soil. It is also used in the manufacture of a number of other products. At room temperature, ammonia is a colorless, highly irritating gas with a pungent, suffocating odor. Contact with the product will cause burns similar to, but more severe than, those caused by dry ice.