Tank failure releases acid cloud in Essex

Schools have been closed and residents advised to keep doors and windows closed following a substantial incident in West Thurrock yesterday.

A cloud of hydrochloric acid was released from an industrial estate in the area, leading to the establishment of a 100-metre exclusion zone by the emergency services. Multiple fire and rescue crews attended the incident overnight.

The name of the company responsible will not be disclosed while the incident remains ongoing. However, a number of bulk logistics firms are based in the estate, as are two chemicals manufacturing complexes.

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