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4 Jan 2018, Wellington, Western Cape: On Thursday afternoon, 306 people were evacuated outside Wellington in th Western Cape after a dangerous Oleum chemical spill occurred.
According to a statement released by Drakenstein Municipality, a 2-month-old baby was admitted to Paarl Hospital.
Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management was dealing with a dangerous Oleum chemical spill in the Kranskop area near Wellington on Thursday afternoon.
Oleum is a fuming sulphuric acid used for transportation, organic chemistry research, and explosive manufacturing.
Cape Winelands Fire Services had a Hazmat team on site who were assessing the problem and attending to it. Provincial EMS and Environmental Affairs officials were also responding to the incident.
"According to authorities, there was a concern that a gas cloud may form and wind patterns indicate such a cloud may move into the direction of Groenberg Valley."
By Thursday afternoon, fire services advised that the acid leak was "fully under control" and that the acid plume/cloud had "diminished substantially."
By Thursday evening, authorities confirmed that the leak was fully stabilised and that residents could return to their homes.
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