Carson Chemical Spill Near Los Angelos Sickens Dozens

Roughly 70 people in the Carson area of Los Angeles County, California became ill late yesterday, after being exposed to sulphuric acid from a spill at a nearby chemical plant, causing more than a dozen people to be hospitalized.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, Los Angeles Fire Department and ten ambulance’s responded to a chemical leak at the Solvay chemical testing plant in Carson, after a scrubber machine malfunctioned.

Individuals in the nearby area began to experience symptoms and sicknesses associated with the release of sulphuric acid in the air, including vomiting, sore throat and nose irritations.

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The initial report released by the Los Angeles Fire Department indicated that an estimated 70 people had been sickened and thirteen people were treated at a nearby hospital.

While the scope of the Carson chemical spill is still being investigated, fire department officials have released a statement indicating that all threats to public safety and health have been mitigated. It is not clear at this time if there were any workers in the Solvay chemical plant at the time of the leak.

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