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Gironde: schoolchildren "slightly intoxicated" by gas near an Arianegroup site

2021-10-13T19:15:37.204Z

The students and some of the college staff were probably affected by fumes of hydrochloric acid. More than thirty people were "slightly intoxicated" in a college in Martignas-sur-Jalle (Gironde) on Wednesday, probably by gas from an ArianeGroup installation located nearby, the prefecture said. In total, "34 people from the Aliénor d'Aquitaine college in Martignas-sur-Jalle, including 27 college students, were slightly intoxicated" Wednesday late morning, without causing hospitalization, deta



More than thirty people were "slightly intoxicated" in a college in Martignas-sur-Jalle (Gironde) on Wednesday, probably by gas from an ArianeGroup installation located nearby, the prefecture said.

In total, "34 people from the Aliénor d'Aquitaine college in Martignas-sur-Jalle, including 27 college students, were slightly intoxicated" Wednesday late morning, without causing hospitalization, details the prefecture in a press release.

According to the same source, “the origin of the intoxication could be, according to the first elements, an emanation of hydrochloric acid coming from the combustion of propellant, a fuel intended for propulsion, on the ArianeGroup site in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles ”.

Fuels for Ariane launchers

Arianegroup has two industrial sites in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, west of Bordeaux, located about 5 kilometers from the college where cases of intoxication were detected.

One of these two sites "develops the propellants necessary for the propulsion of the Ariane 5 launcher and the future Ariane 6 launcher", specifies the manufacturer of the Ariane rockets on its website.

Legal proceedings were opened following these slight poisonings, said the Gironde prefecture.

Source: leparis

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