Approximately 150 individuals have been treated at hospital after being trapped in a strange “chemical haze” that obscured the UK’s East Sussex shoreline Sunday evening.
Locals subjected to the cloud reported eye and throat irritations, a spokesperson for National Health.
In a report, police cautioned “hundreds more” people across the area could have been impacted.
There are no indicators yet regarding what caused the fog, though East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have described it a “chemical incident.”
Authorities said the issues started when the “unknown haze” covered the area after possibly arriving in off the sea at about 5 p.m. standard time.
It was first stated in Birling Gap, between Eastbourne and Seaford.
“( Given the weather) it is extremely likely that any impact will have originated from the UK side or, potentially, a ship running near to shore with the tide bringing material towards the beach,” University of Southampton National Oceanography Center’s Simon Boxall said in a report.
A police report Monday verified it was “very unlikely” the harmful gas had originated from northern France.
Late on Sunday evening, Sussex police said on their social networks the fog “seems to be clearing” and by Monday afternoon they verified it had depleted.
Several UK publications were stating the fog was chlorine gas– a toxic chemical weapon that was used to destructive effect during the first World War– but authorities said this was “extremely unlikely.”