Chemical Accident - USA
GLIDE CODE: CH-20060713-6763-USA
Date & Time: 2006.07.13 - 05:49:25
Area: USA Texas, , Houston ( MAP)
At least 21 people were taken to hospitals after a chemical leak at a northeast Houston warehouse on Wednesday afternoon, according to Harris County Hazardous Materials spokesman. Over 200 people at the warehouse were checked for symptoms of exposure to hydrobromic acid, the spokesman said. The leak was caused by a forklift puncturing a drum of the substance. A Houston television station said the warehouse is owned by Nailor Industries, which the spokesman declined to confirm. The leak was contained inside the warehouse, which is not located along the petrochemical corridor along the Houston Ship Channel. Hydrobromic acid is an acid stronger than hydrochloric acid.
Number of Injured persons: 21 persons
Damage level: Moderate