Chemical fire in containers halts shipping at Santos port

Chemical fire in containers halts shipping at Santos port

A chemical fire erupted in containers at Brazil’s port of Santos on Thursday, causing vessels to be denied entry to the access channel, according to Reuters.

As many as a dozen containers were afire after a reaction of the chemicals, believed to be chloric acid and sodium dichloroisocyanurate.

While firefighters wearing gas masks battled the blaze the terminal, run by Localfrio, was evacuated.

Civic authorities advised nearby residents to stay indoors with all windows and doors closed until the extent of the hazard risk was known.

Donal Scully

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