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BAD FALLINGBOSTEL, Germany — About 1,400 people were forced to evacuate their homes and schools were closed last Monday following a chemical accident at a Kraft Foods plant in the small town of Bad Fallingbostel, Germany, FRANCE 24 reported.
According to reports, workers accidentally poured nitric acid into a tank containing highly concentrated sodium hydroxide, causing a chemical reaction that released a cloud of poisonous gas.
Emergency crews were called in to empty the tank, which officials feared might explode.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday.
"There has at no time been any danger for the population because we decided, along with the authorities, to evacuate as a precautionary measure," company spokesperson Heike Hauerken said.