Around 1,400 people were evacuated from their homes in Germany today after a chemical leak in a factory caused a cloud of poisonous gas.
The accident occurred in a factory run by US food giant Kraft in Bad Fallingbostel, a small town in Northern Germany.
Reports claim the incident happened when employees accidentally poured acid into a tank containing sodium hydroxide solution which caused a chemical reaction. The gases are considered extremely dangerous if they come in contact with the human body.
Around 700 firefighters tried to cool the container down to prevent a possible explosion, reports claim. Local authorities have also imposed emergency measures, including closing local schools and nurseries and set up an exclusion zone of 500 metres.