Russian Troops Shell Nitric Acid Tank in Rubizhne, Ukraine; Toxic Cloud Released

Russian troops have blown up a tank of nitric acid in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk Region, and released a toxic cloud.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration Head Serhii Haidai reported that Russian troops have blown up a nitric acid tank and told residents to remain indoors due to the toxic cloud created by the explosion.

“Effects on humans: nitric acid is dangerous if inhaled, swallowed and in contact with skin and mucous membranes. Acid fumes are irritating to the respiratory tract. At weak poisonings there are signs of bronchitis, easy bronchiolitis, dizziness, drowsiness; with severe poisoning – pulmonary edema. Gas masks are used to protect against nitric acid vapors and mists,” said Haidai.

Haidai reminded citizens to put on gas masks or use a wet cloth to prevent inhalation of harmful fumes and to administer first aid if it gets into the eyes.

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