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Mystery gas engulfs UK's East Sussex coast

By T.K. Randall
August 28, 2017 · Comment icon 16 comments

The mysterious chemical haze has since dissipated. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Immanuel Giel
Dozens of people had to be treated in hospital after a mysterious haze appeared in the area on Sunday.
The phenomenon, which caused streaming eyes, a sore throat and nausea in at least 150 people who happened to have been outside at the time, descended on the south coast of England at the weekend.

Authorities scrambled to identify the gas as residents were warned to stay indoors and close windows.

According to consultant toxicologist Dr John Hoskins, the most likely explanation is that the gas was actually traffic pollution that had drifted across the English Channel from France or Germany.
"Certainly it came across the Channel because it is in a peculiar part of the country to get anything that was generated in even the nearest large town, Brighton," he told Sky News.

"[It] was just a meteorological phenomenon, you have to know exactly how the wind blows. It seems the weather generally tends to push things into that part of the coast."

The hot and sunny weather was also thought to have contributed to the problem.

The effects of the phenomenon were even felt in towns as far as 20 miles away.

Source: Sky News | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by sees 7 years ago
The French coastline opposite includes Dieppe and Le Havre in Normandy is the centre of France’s booming chemical industry Although there have been denials that this is the cause....hmmmm  
Comment icon #8 Posted by toast 7 years ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by RoofGardener 7 years ago
Well, there HAS been a precdent of fumes from a French industrial plant wafting across the channel. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by ExoPaul 7 years ago
Apparently they have ruled out France as the source, but still not sure where it came from.
Comment icon #11 Posted by stevewinn 7 years ago
heard one report by an eyewitness; say it had a smell of burnt plastic, yet other witnesses say there was no smell just the irritation to eyes etc. i think this may never be solved unless its contaminated clothing which could be sampled.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
Well, not exactly, but very close! 
Comment icon #13 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
Yes, I am sure they are desperate to confess to another release of gas to add to their numerous others.
Comment icon #14 Posted by sees 7 years ago
Yes I mentioned it in my last post, above, # 9
Comment icon #15 Posted by travelnjones 7 years ago
In other news residents are excited by opening of first Taco Bell restaurant in area.
Comment icon #16 Posted by toast 7 years ago

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