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Hamburg airport odour triggers evacuation

dpa logodpa 12/02/2017 By Caroline Berdon

Hamburg airport in northern Germany has returned to normal after a noxious smell led to around 50 injuries and forced the evacuation of hundreds of travellers.

Hamburg airport in northern Germany has returned to normal after it was evacuated on Sunday when a strong odour spread through the terminal buildings leading many passengers to complain about coughs and a burning sensation on their eyes.

About 50 people were injured after fire brigade officials said an unknown substance had apparently emerged from the air-conditioning system at Germany's fifth-biggest airport.

The evacuation resulted in hundreds of travellers having to wait outside the airport in icy cold temperatures before officials declared the airline hub reopened.

Last year, about 16.2 million passengers passed through the airport.

The fire brigade said it had set up treatment centres for those injured, saying if necessary some would be transferred to hospital.

The source of the noxious smell was not yet clear.

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