'Unknown Haze' May Have Come From Shipwrecks

Last week a beach in England was attacked by a mysterious mist
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2017 9:20 AM CDT
'Unknown Haze' May Have Come From Shipwrecks
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One week after a mysterious mist descended on a beach in Sussex, England, prompting police to evacuate the area, authorities believe the cause may have been emissions from nearby shipwrecks. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced in a statement that while they have not figured out the exact cause of the chemical haze that engulfed Birling Gap beach in southern England last Sunday, shipwrecks are one of several possibilities, the BBC reports. "As part of our investigations we are considering a number of possibilities, such as discharges from a vessel, previously unreported lost cargo, and emissions from known shipwrecks," the statement read. The BBC says there have been "many shipwrecks" in the area.

Like a scene out of a B horror movie, more than 100 people were treated in the hospital after the chemical mist descended on Birling Gap around 5pm last Sunday, the Guardian reports. The area had to be evacuated after beachgoers experienced breathing problems, eye and throat irritation, and vomiting. Sussex police described the incident as "an unknown haze coming in from the sea" and advised people in the area to stay inside with their doors and windows shut. (More England stories.)

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