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Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 18:36

8 injured in Tai Po lab chemical spill

8 injured in Tai Po lab chemical spill
This April 28, 2014 file photo shows Beijing Genomics Institute’s Hong Kong research center. (Photo /

HONG KONG – Eight people were injured in a suspected chemical spill at a lab in Tai Po Industrial Estate in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning.

Cops received a call at 11:34am that a suspected chemical explosion took place at Beijing Genomics Institute-Hong Kong on Tai Fu Street

Among them, one man had direct contact. He was injured in the face and ear. One woman felt sick after inhaling the gas leaked by the spill.

The two were sent to hospital around 13:15 pm after being disinfected in a mass decontamination pod. The other six felt unwell but recovered after they were given first aid.

A total of 112 people were evacuated from the building.

The Fire Services Department (FSD) had mobilized 13 fire engines and seven ambulances, according to a spokesman.

An investigation was launched in this regard, according to the department.

The police received a call at 11:33 am about a suspected chemical explosion on the second-floor lab of Beijing Genomics Institute-Hong Kong on Tai Fu Street, according to the spokesman.

He said it is suspected the incident was caused by a spill of expired hydrogen peroxide. Whether an explosion happened remains to be confirmed, the spokesman said.

Three medical workers were decontaminated after contracting injuries.

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