Beachy Head chemical incident: 'Chlorine gas leak' causes evacuation of up to 50 people amid complaints of breathing problems and sore throats

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Up to 50 people have been evacuated from a popular beach after a suspected chlorine gas leak resulted them suffering from breathing problems.

The incident, at Beachy Head on the East Sussex coast, happened as holidaygoers were enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend sunshine on Sunday afternoon.

People have been warned to stay away from the area as Coastguard UK confirmed they have been ushering people from the beach.

Residents in the area have also been ordered to keep their doors and windows closed.

Another Twitter user said: “A lovely afternoon at Birling Gap cut short by a strange chemical mist flooding the area. Everyones eyes were streaming and throats sore.”

Sameer Jadhav wrote on Twitter: “Birling Gap some weird gas leak. People crying. Ambulances called.

“Don’t go to Birling Gap at the moment.”

Dan Sankey said: “Beautiful afternoon at Birling Gap cut short by some weird mist, burning everyone’s eyes which led to the beach and cliff being evacuated.”

Another Twitter user added: “Nice day at Birling Gap beach turned into a nightmare.. some sort of chlorine gas leak has made my eyes red raw.”

James Bennett: “This the chemical mist at Beachy Head / Birling Gap that led us to leave with stinging eyes…”

Sussex Police said on Twitter: “Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire Service are dealing with an incident in the Birling Gap area.

“Members of the public are advised by Fire Service to stay indoors and shut windows if you are in the Eastbourne area.”

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