Hundreds evacuated and 50 injured at Hamburg Airport amid toxic air alert
German firefighters evacuated hundreds of passengers at Hamburg Airport after 50 people were injured by an unknown toxin that likely spread through the airport's air conditioning system.
The German news agency, dpa, reported that 50 people complained about breathing problems and burning eyes on Sunday.
It is understood that the incident occurred in an area where passenger luggage is scanned by security staff.
Fire crews decided who needed to be taken to hospital - are trying to determine the source of the discharge and the nature of the corrosive substance.
Those who were evacuated from the Hamburg Airport had to wait outside the terminals in sub-zero temperatures.
The airport could not immediately be reached for comment.
All flights were halted for several hours due to the evacuation, airport spokeswoman Karen Stein said.
"We have cancelled all flight at least until 2pm and most parts of the airport have been evacuated," she said.
A spokeswoman for the airport said flights had resumed as of 1.45 p.m. (1245 GMT).
According to live flight tracking website flightradar24.com some flights were diverted to other airports after the incident.
Additional reporting by Reuters