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Hamburg airport halts flights, evacuates in bad air scare

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Hamburg airport halts flights, evacuates in bad air scare

Post  Lamplighter on Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:54 pm

Hamburg airport halts flights, evacuates in bad air scare

BERLIN (AP) February 12, 2017 — German firefighters on Sunday evacuated hundreds of passengers at Hamburg Airport after about 50 people were injured by an unknown hazardous material that likely spread through the airport's air conditioning system.

All flights were halted for several hours due to the evacuation, but air traffic started running again around 2 p.m., airport spokeswoman Karen Stein said. More than 50 people — both passengers and staff — had complained about breathing problems, burning eyes and nausea. Firefighters were examining them to find out whether they had to be taken to the hospital, the German news agency dpa reported.

Those who were evacuated from the airport but not injured had to wait outside the terminals in freezing temperatures. Firefighters designated special areas outside the airport building where physicians were examining those injured by the unknown substance.

The cause for the incident was not known, Stein said, "but we're working closely together with the authorities to find out more."

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Post  bb1 on Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:33 pm

Pound to a penny, LL, someone carelessly dropped a bottle of cleaner - this has happened before with bleach.

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Post  bb1 on Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:27 pm

Oh, I stand corrected, maybe not bleach....

Hamburg Airport is on lockdown after the entire building was evacuated as pepper spray leaked into the air conditioning system.
German officials said 68 people were coughing, suffering breathing problems and burning eyes after the incident and nine were taken to hospital.
It is thought a canister of the substance used to control riots was set off in a bin near the security check-in desks.



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