Germany: Firefighters respond after smoke billows from Hamburg chemical warehouse

Emergency services rushed to a warehouse in Hamburg, north Germany, on Monday, as toxic fumes began rising from a warehouse near the harbour at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT). The incident arose as a barrel of sulphuric acid was broken open by a forklift truck and the chemicals mixed with a container of nitric acid that had fallen off a shelf.
More than 1,000 litres of chemicals were reportedly released into the air. Residents in the area were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.
More than 40 firefighters entered the warehouse wearing protective clothing in order to tackle the fumes. After some hours, the city's fire department gave the area the all clear at around 14:00 (13:00 GMT).