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R134a leak sends eight to hospital

7144961_sGERMANY: Eight people were taken to hospital on Wednesday following a refrigerant leak at a factory outlet store in Metzingen, south west Germany.

The fire service was summoned to the store after an automatic smoke detector was triggered by the leak. According to the local fire service report a pressure relief valve leaked a large amount of R134a during maintenance work on the air conditioning system.

The store was evacuated and 32 people treated at the scene. Eight were taken to hospital for further observation.

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