Leak sparks fears of toxic gas cloud
HORFIELD Leisure Centre was evacuated and roads were closed after a chlorine gas scare.
Dozens of customers and employees were ordered to leave the centre off Gloucester Road at just after 2pm yesterday after a chemical used to purify the swimming pool leaked.
Firefighters, police and ambulance service staff were called to the scene and Dorian Road and Bishopthorpe Road were closed as a precautionary measure.
It was feared the leaked chemical, sodium hypochlorite, may have mixed with another chemical stored at the leisure centre to create a potentially hazardous chlorine gas cloud.
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Firefighters dressed in protective suits entered the building at just after 5pm and discovered that the two substances, which were stored in different rooms, had not combined.
The centre was closed for the rest of the day as the 50ml of spilt chemical was cleared from the plant room in the leisure centre. The centre was due to reopen this morning.
Incident manager Jon Brown, station manager at Weston-super-Mare fire station, said the leak had been spotted by the centre’s site manager.
He said: “We advised people living locally to keep their doors and windows closed as a precautionary measure. We advised that people who didn’t need to be in the area keep away.
“It was a minimal leak and because it had not mixed with the other chemical, hydrochloric acid, it didn’t have the risk element to it.
“If things had escalated we would have had everything in place to cope with it. We are very satisfied with how things went.”