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Melbourne airport chemical spill mopped up

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Helen Velissaris and Luke Costin

A shipment of acid that leaked at Melbourne Airport has been cleared.

Eight people were hospitalised after hydrofluoric acid cartons in the freight area of the airport began leaking on Wednesday morning.

Ambulance Victoria said one person came into contact with the chemical and all eight were later sent home.

Airport and MFB firefighters moved the containers to hazmat drums.

No flights or terminals had been affected by the spill, an airport spokesman said.

Worksafe Victoria and the EPA were notified.

Hydrofluoric acid is used for cleaning, metal treatment or car detailing, and in strong concentrations can cause severe burns to skin and airways.

It can even lead to blindness and death.

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