A mystery haze in the Beachy Head sent beachgoers to hospital


A mysterious chemical haze drove away all the visitors from the Beachy Head, a chalk headland and a tourist hotspot in East Sussex. The bizarre incident happened on Sunday and the strange mist, which was suspected to be chlorine gas, sent approximately 250 people to hospitals with stinging eyes, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.

Lots of people were on the beach to enjoy their weekend. However, the merriment turned into a nightmare when a smog lingering above the sea moved inland and shrouded the beach. It even extended to as far away as Surrey and Kent!

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In fact, the haze has affected the animals too! Sasaha Hyland, a healthcare worker, told the Hastings Observer that her dogs were affected. Another person living nearby East Dean told the same newspaper that his eyes were already stinging although the mist was yet to come in.

The authority has already issued a warning for people to avoid and escape the zone between Eastbourne and Birling Gap. People have also been advised to stay away from beaches and keep the doors and windows of their house closed. The source of the haze is yet to be identified.

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However, according to a Telegraph report, an algal bloom in The Channel could be the culprit in this case. The wind pattern on that day suggests that the toxic gas cloud could be drifted ashore from The Channel or further along the English coast. The scientists and law enforcement authorities are still trying to pinpoint the location of the mystery haze.

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