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Hundreds of workers are evacuated from Coca-Cola factory after hydrochloric acid leak

  • 200 workers were evacuated from Coca-Cola factory in Sidcup, Kent last night
  • Hydrochloric acid leak identified at the plant on Cray Road at around 8.30pm
  • Firefighters remained overnight to take readings of chemicals in the air, LFB said 

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Two hundred workers were evacuated from a Coca-Cola factory last night after a chemical leak at the plant.

Employees left the site in Sidcup, Kent, before the London Fire Brigade arrived to  the incident on Wednesday evening.

The site was evacuated after a hydrochloric acid leak was identified at the warehouse on Cray Road, with no reports of any injuries.

The leak was isolated at around 10.30pm with firefighters remaining at the scene throughout the night taking readings of chemicals in the air.

Firefighters were called to reports of a chemical leak at around 8.40pm on Wednesday

Firefighters were called to reports of a chemical leak at around 8.40pm on Wednesday

The site was evacuated before the London Fire Brigade arrived

The site was evacuated before the London Fire Brigade arrived

Firefighters at the scene of the Coca-Cola factory in Sidcup, Kent, where a gas leak was identified

Firefighters at the scene of the Coca-Cola factory in Sidcup, Kent, where a gas leak was identified 

Firefighters remained on scene overnight at the Coca-Cola facility in Sidcup, Kent

Firefighters remained on scene overnight at the Coca-Cola facility in Sidcup, Kent

An LFB statement said: ‘We were called to a leak of hydrochloric acid at 20:39 on Wednesday evening.

‘Two hundred people were evacuated from the factory before we arrived.

‘We used chemical equipment to test the levels of chemicals in the area and worked on site to disperse it.

‘The leak was isolated at approximately 23:30 and we remained on scene throughout the night doing checks before we left. The incident is now over.

‘There was no evacuation of residents, and no-one was treated by emergency services. We are not aware of any advice to close windows and doors.’

A HSE spokesperson said: ‘HSE is aware of the incident and is making initial inquiries.’

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola Europacific Partners said: ‘Our production site at Sidcup was temporarily evacuated last night as a precautionary measure.

‘There was no risk to any of our colleagues and the issue has now been resolved. Our site is now back operating as normal.

‘We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift response and support, and would like to apologise to local residents for any disruption caused overnight.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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