Wide alarm at chemical company in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam alarm chemical company Sonneborn Refined Products on the main Havenweg. A small amount of toxic sulfur trioxide leaked.
The situation is now under control.
According to a spokeswoman fire department a small amount of sulfur trioxide spilled while unloading a tanker.
The company is right on the A5 motorway. The road was then closed in both directions, but has now reopened.
Immediately after the release of the substance Sonneborn and firefighters took measurements and attempt to stabilization.
Many fire trucks and police cars were directed to the location.
Sulphur trioxide reacts violently with water, even in the air to form sulfuric acid.
That may respiratory system and mucous membranes seriously affected.
According to the fire department, there are no injuries.
After the spilling a white cloud of smoke could be seen, which was sulfur trioxide in the air that reacted with the water molecules.
At Sonneborn are made refined petroleum products, which are used for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and technical purposes.