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Birling Gap evacuated after suspected chemical leak

Fire crews were called to Birling Gap Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 'haze' that is causing discomfort for people along the coast from Eastbourne to Birling Gap has prompted emergency services to warn people to stay away from the beaches and to keep doors and windows closed if living near the coast.

People have been warned to stay away from beaches Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 'haze' that is causing discomfort for people along the coast from Eastbourne to Birling Gap has prompted emergency services to warn people to stay away from the beaches and to keep doors and windows closed if living near the coast.

The first report came from Birling Gap just before 5pm on Sunday (August 27) where up to 50 people had been affected by irritation to eyes and throats.

Credit: Eddie Mitchell

This seems to have been caused by an unknown haze coming in from the sea, but the source has not yet been established. Emergency services are treating people at Birling Gap and clearing the area.

People living along the coast in the area have been advised to keep doors and windows shut and to move away from the Birling Gap area in particular.

Lots of people have been tweeting about their experience of the gas, even from miles away:

Ferring gas leak latest- A259 reopens

Emergency services have been on site for 24 hours Credit: ITV Meridian

UPDATE: The A259 has reopened in both directions following a major gas leak which closed the road for 24 hours.

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