900 Evacuate 2 Hangars After LAX Chemical Spill

About 900 people were evacuated from two maintenance hangars at Los Angeles International Airport after a chemical spill Wednesday night generated fumes that left some workers complaining of breathing difficulty, fire officials said.

A chemical leak was discovered in the plating shop of a Continental Airlines hangar shortly after 8 p.m., authorities said. Three employees were taken to hospitals, but officials were unable to determine whether any would be admitted. Workers at the American Airlines hangar next to Continental were also evacuated.

The hazardous chemicals were not immediately identified. The hangars are not in the passenger area of the terminal and no flights were affected.

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