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Published: Sat, October 22, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

London City Airport evacuated in 'chemical incident'

London City Airport evacuated in 'chemical incident'

Police investigating the suspected chemical incident which led to the evacuation of London City Airport discovered what is "believed to be a CS gas spray".

However, the airport was reopened shortly after the evacuation and declared safe.

LFB added that firefighters are investigating the incident at the airport. "We thank passengers for their patience, access to terminal will be staggered & disruption to flights expected".

"We have treated 26 people at the London City Airport incident".

Around 500 members of the public and airport staff were evacuated.

Special teams trained in dealing with hazardous substances were also rushed to the scene and started to run tests in order to determine what substance was leaked.

Paramedics treated 27 and took two people to hospital after the airport was closed and evacuated.

"City Airport got evacuated when everyone started coughing uncontrollably", he said on Twitter.

Mr Kerr told the Press Association: "This is just the flawless end to a day when we've seen democracy let us down and now the transport system has let us down". The people behind the desk were coughing the most and quite aggressively. Two were taken to the hospital, the service said.

"The building was ventilated, searched and declared safe", it said, adding that "no elevated readings" had been registered during the search.

Scores of passengers appeared to have been moved on to the tarmac outside the terminal building.

Departing flights were suspended for several hours, and a number of incoming flights from destinations including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Belfast and Paris diverted to other airports.

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