Toxic gas leads to mass evacuation in Germany

Around 1,400 people were evacuated from their homes in Germany today after a chemical leak in a factory caused a cloud of poisonous gas. The accident occurred in a factory […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Around 1,400 people were evacuated from their homes in Germany today after a chemical leak in a factory caused a cloud of poisonous gas.

The accident occurred in a factory run by US food giant Kraft in Bad Fallingbostel, a small town in Northern Germany.

Reports claim the incident happened when employees accidentally poured acid into a tank containing sodium hydroxide solution which caused a chemical reaction. The gases are considered extremely dangerous if they come in contact with the human body.

Around 700 firefighters tried to cool the container down to prevent a possible explosion, reports claim. Local authorities have also imposed emergency measures, including closing local schools and nurseries and set up an exclusion zone of 500 metres.