An evacuation order was issued this morning for a Salinas flower nursery after a large nitric acid leak was detected.   Firefighters and Hazardous materials experts arrived at Old Stage Greenhouses located at Old Stage Road and Herbert Road just after 9 a.m. to shut off the leak, which reportedly involved 500-gallons.   no immediate threat to public health was reported.  Fire officials say the nitric acid, which is used to make fertilizer, is maintained in a liquid form but vaporizes when it leaks. Containment was expected to take several hours. 

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