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BBC are reporting that all beaches along the coast will be open today after the ‘chemical incident’ yesterday at Birling Gap.

BBC South East reported at 10:55pm last night (Sunday August 27) that ’233 patients being cared for at Eastbourne District General Hospital site ‘and that “patients are being decontaminated on site”.

No reports today (Monday 28 August) from local people recording any symptoms documented yesterday of sore eyes or sore throats.

The air seems cool and fresh in Pevensey Bay.

Police continue to investigate what the cause of the ‘chemical mist’ might have been, with one suggestion, from a previous incident, that the ‘chemical mist’ may have come from an industrial unit in France.

No reports now that the ‘chemical mist’ was chlorine, as reported in the local press, the suggestion seems to have been dismissed,

At 00:13 last night (Sunday 27 August) Sussex Police said ‘around 150 people sought medical treatment and hundreds more are believed to have been affected by an unknown gas cloud that hit the East Sussex coast on Sunday (August 27).

“The first reports of a ‘haze’ coming in from the sea were received from Birling Gap, between Eastbourne and Seaford, just before 5pm. People reported irritation of their eyes and throats as the plume of gas moved eastwards along the coast as far as Bexhill.

“It appears that the last reports were received some three hours after the first, but long queues built up at Eastbourne General District Hospital well into the evening, with approximately 150 people being treated. However, the effects were mostly minor and it was not necessary to admit anyone for further treatment.

“Initially, patients were dealt with as a precaution with a full decontamination treatment, but it became clear that this was not necessary following clinical advice.

“People living along the coast were advised to remain indoors with windows and doors shut. However, the vast majority of the gas appears to have dissipated by later in the evening.

“While the nature of the gas hasn’t been established, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has advised that it is ‘extremely unlikely’ that it was chlorine, as was being suggested on social media. The effects, while uncomfortable, were not serious and an investigation is now under way by a number of agencies working in partnership to establish the source of the gas.

“It is believed that it came in from the sea, but this has not been confirmed and work continues to locate the cause.


With another fine day expected for Bank Holiday Monday, thousands of people are expected to flock to the coast once again. The situation will continue to be monitored, but it is believed that this was an isolated incident and is not expected to recur”