Major accident averted due to chlorine gas leak from cylinder

Oct 20 2013, 02:57 IST
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SummaryThe cylinder was submerged in water filled in a five-foot deep pit dug up nearby for the purpose.

There was high tension in Sector 24 Saturday morning after chlorine gas leaked from a cylinder that was being ferried by a municipal corporation (MC) truck. The defective cylinder was being taken from Water Works department in Sector 12 to the corporationís treatment plant in Mohali Phase-11 to stop the leakage.

A small amount of leakage was observed when the cylinder was kept at the Water Works department. It was decided to transfer the cylinder to a treatment plant to stop the leakage.. However, mid way near Park View hotel in Sector 24, the leakage increased significantly and a makeshift arrangement was made to diffuse the gas by digging a pit, filling it with water and submerging the cylinder in it. About 15 kg gas was left in the cylinder having a capacity of 90 kg, the police said.

The driver of the truck ferrying the cylinder had informed the police when he found that the leakage had increased. The police reached the spot along with three fire brigades, an ambulance and a bomb disposal squad.

The cylinder was submerged in water filled in a five-foot deep pit dug up nearby for the purpose. The pit was later covered with mud after the gas was completely diffused.

A few police personnel present at the spot suffered nausea and vomiting due to the gas leakage. Some of them were taken to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 for treatment.

The fire brigade first shot water at the cylinder to bring down its temperature. Then, five foot-deep pit was dug with the help of a JCB machine. The pit was filled with water and the cylinder was submerged in it to diffuse the gas. Meanwhile, the police blocked the traffic coming from both sides of the Sector 24/15 dividing road.

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