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Gas cloud in chemical incident at Chieveley Service Station

Premises evacuated after nitric acid leaks from artic

Jane Meredith

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Jane Meredith

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Gas cloud in chemical incident at Chieveley Service Station

CHIEVELEY Service Station at the M4/A34 intersection was evacuated and cordoned off last night (Monday), after a leak of nitric acid from an articulated lorry.

Four fire engines, including two from Newbury, plus two from Whitley Wood and Dee Road, Tilehurst, along with a chemical incident unit from Oxfordshire, and a further, chemical response unit, were called at 9pm to the BP service station.

On arrival, firefighters discovered nitric acid leaking from an artic lorry causing a gas cloud.

The petrol station and services were evacuated and temporarily closed during the incident. 

No-one was hurt.

Firefighters wearing special suits decanted the nitric acid from the lorry into chemical containers.

Sand was then put onto the ground.

The service station was closed throughout the night due to the incident.

Police closed slip roads leading to the service station during the incident.

Firefighters left the scene at 5am. 

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