July 12, 2006

Chemical leak in Houston sends 21 to hospital

HOUSTON (Reuters) - 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

Hydrobromic acid is an acid stronger than hydrochloric