Update: Thirty people decontaminated after chemical incident

The scene at  Grays International, Hastings

The scene at Grays International, Hastings

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Thirty people, including two firefighters, have undergone decontamination as a precautionary measure following a chemical incident on a Hastings industrial estate earlier today (June 1).

Emergency services were called to Grays International in Brook Way at 11.25am this morning after workers complained of being affected by some mysterious orange dust discovered in a shipping container.

A spokesperson from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “A shipping container from China had been delivered to an address.

“As staff unloaded the container they disturbed some dust, believed to be either a fumigant or a stowaway deterrent.

“The substance irritated their eyes, skin and throats.

“Staff went into the open air and their symptoms subsided.

“Two fire engines from Bohemia Road and The Ridge in Hastings were sent to the scene along with two officers.

”Around 30 people, including two firefighters, were undergoing decontamination as a precautionary measure.

“The building is secured and will be cleaned.”

A spokesperson from Sussex Police said: “Emergency services were called to an industrial unit in Brook Way after workers complained of being affected by an orange dust found in a container which had been delivered to the unit.

“Eighteen workers complained that the dust was making them cough and mucus was running from their noses.

“They were advised to stand outside in the fresh air and were checked over by ambulance staff.

“No one was in a serious condition and the incident has been contained.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out tests to discover what the substance is.