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Chemical spill injures four in North Vancouver

Four workers at a North Vancouver chemical plant are recovering from minor injuries after an early morning accident involving some sort of toxic vapours.
Workers at a North Vancouver chemical plant are lucky to have suffered only minor injuries after a spill, the CBC's Ben Hadaway reports 2:12

Four workers at a North Vancouver chemical plant are recovering from minor injuries after an early morning accident involving some sort of toxic vapours.

Early reports suggested the men were injured in some kind of chlorine gas explosion, but a company spokesman at Canexus Chemicals said that was incorrect.

Andy Lacara, the vice president of operations, said the four men were making repairs on a tank when a second tank nearby containing a "bleach-like-liquid" overflowed and the four men inhaled the vapours.

"They were not handling chemicals directly. It was just this unexpected tank overflow that caused some vapours to be in the air at the time, but it was all very quickly dissipated ... and so none of the vapours left that immediate area, said Lacara.

"No other workers were impacted, nor did anything leave the site," he said.

Canexus says one of the men has been released from the hospital already, but investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the spill.