No danger after chlorine leak

28th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — A pungent odour hung over the the Botlek district of Rotterdam Port on Tuesday morning following a leak of chlorine gas the night before.

28 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — A pungent odour hung over the the Botlek district of Rotterdam Port on Tuesday morning following a leak of chlorine gas the night before.

Police believe the leak from an Akzo Nobel factory in Botlek may have been caused by an explosion at the plant and the investigation into the incident is continuing.

The leak caused a major alert before 10pm on Monday. The Fire Service managed to plug it within two hours by reducing the pressure in the pipes which contained the chlorine.

Train travel in the area was suspended when the gas was detected but services were running again by midnight. The A15 and other roads in the area were also re-opened.

A spokesperson for the Fire Service said the contaminated air spread only about 200 to 300 metres due to the lack of wind.

A strong odour was reported in residential areas nearby but the Fire Service said it was not dangerous to the public. 

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