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Chemical spill

Seven people hospitalised after chemical incident in Co Clare

A chemical reaction involving bleach caused a ‘gas emission’ which left seven people in hospital.

SEVEN PEOPLE have received hospital treatment after an incident at a chemical plant in Co Clare yesterday afternoon.

The people were hospitalised after an incident at the Chemifloc plant at an industrial estate in Shannon just before 5pm yesterday.

A chemical reaction, thought to have involved bleach, resulted in what authorities described as a “gas emission”.

Seven workers from the plant, including five men and two women, were taken to Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

Eight units of Shannon and Ennis fire brigades attended the incident, though RTÉ reports that the workers had to be washed down by fire personnel before they could be admitted to hospital for treatment.

The emission did not pose any public health risk.

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