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AstraZeneca evacuated after power cut causes chem leak risk

AstraZeneca staff being escorted out of the building. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

Published: 16.May.2018 12:14 hrs

AstraZeneca in Södertälje was evacuated on Wednesday after dangerous chemicals were at risk of leaking as a result of a power outage affecting southern Stockholm.

The British-Swedish pharmaceutical company said increased pressure in a tank in the factory meant that there was a risk of isopropylamine – a colourless flammable liquid which burns and can cause skin and eye irritation as well as difficulties breathing and unconsciousness – leaking out.

"It is dangerous," an emergency services spokesperson told Swedish newswire TT. The fire and rescue services dispatched firefighters from four different stations as a precautionary measure.

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