Manchester

Trafford Park chemical leak: Investigation starts

An investigation has begun into a chemical leak that forced road closures and an emergency evacuation in Greater Manchester.

Residents were warned to stay indoors after a leak of hydrochloric acid gas at about 18:15 GMT at Trafford Park.

About 50 firefighters worked until 03:00 GMT to deal with the spill at the Chemtura chemical plant.

The building was evacuated and several roads in the Tenax Road area were closed as a precaution.

By late on Friday night, Greater Manchester Fire Service had managed to contain the leak.

There were no reports of any injuries and cordons have now been lifted.

The leak is not believed to have spread beyond the factory complex, police said.

Chemtura Corporation is a global specialty chemicals company.

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