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Poison Gas Sweeps Nigerian City Sickening 300

June 01, 2010
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The Associated Foreign Press reports a cloud of poisonous chlorine gas swept over a densely populated suburb of the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, causing 300 people to fall unconscious. It happened after a worker at a scrap yard in Kakuri district tried to cut a gas cylinder into pieces with a blowtorch, setting off an explosion and unleashing a cloud of chlorine gas, said Federal Environment Minister John Odey. No one was killed but "300 people including children that inhaled the gas were rendered unconscious and were taken to the hospitals and clinics," Odey said in a statement. "The situation was made worse by the prevailing wind that carried the pollutant deep into the surrounding settlements," he added. The scrap metal dealer and welder both fled and have yet to be apprehended.
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