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Chemical haze warning along Sussex coast near Eastbourne

Chemical haze warning along Sussex coast near Eastbourne

Around 150 people sought hospital treatment after a chemical incident, and emergency services are still trying to identify the cause.

People were warned to avoid beaches and keep doors and windows shut after an “unknown haze” drifted in off the Sussex coast. Up to 50 people initially reported irritation to their eyes and throats after the incident on the cliff tops and beach at Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, just before 5pm on Sunday. “This seems to have been caused by an unknown haze coming in from the sea, but the source has not yet been established,” said Sussex Police. The first patients were given full decontamination treatment as a precaution but police said it was soon clear that this was unnecessary. People were advised to wash all over with plenty of soap and water. Sky News

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