Evacuations Ordered After Gas Leak at Queen Elizabeth Park Pool

A gas leak at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Park has prompted authorities to evacuate the area after several people were hospitalized.

“@AquaticsCentre this morning involving the release of a gas. The area has been cordoned off and evacuated. We’re working with emergency services on site. There are a number of casualties with breathing difficulties being treated by @Ldn_Ambulance,” said the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Twitter account.

Emergency services have sent 20 ambulances and three fire engines to the pool while Metropolitan police have cordoned off the area.

According to the London Fire department, the gas that was released was chlorine warned people nearby of their ventilation operation.

“Due to a chemical reaction a high quantity of chlorine gas was released. London Ambulance Service are treating a number of patients. Around 200 people were evacuated from the center. While we ventilate the premises we would ask those residents in the immediate vicinity to close doors and windows,” said the London Fire Department.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to stay away from the area while rescue efforts are ongoing.

There is no exact number yet on how many people suffered gas injuries.

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