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9 People Treated After Chlorine Leak In Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nine people are being treated for minor injuries after chlorine seeped from a tanker truck being cut up at a Charlotte recycling company.

Charlotte Fire Department Captain Rob Brisley says that equipment being used to cut up a truck pierced or struck a small pocket of chlorine inside the tanker, allowing the gas to escape. He says some workers inhaled the fumes.

Thirty-nine people were working at Gilbert Iron and Steel at the time of the accident. They had all made it outside by the time firefighters and a hazardous materials team arrived at the scene.

Nine people were taken to area hospitals for non- life-threatening injuries.

Brisley says the Occupational Health and Safety and Administration was called to the scene as a precaution.

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