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Mustard Gas Leaks at Chemical Depot

Mustard Gas Leaks at Chemical Depot

Posted - Aug. 4, 2003 at 8:29 p.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Deadly mustard agent escaped a rusting munition at the Deseret Chemical Depot.

A teaspoon of mustard agent spilled today in an underground storage bunker.

Workers in protective suits put it into an air-tight container.

The mustard gas leaked from a howitzer-powered projectile.

Mustard gas is a blister agent that can dissolve tissue on contact.

Army officials say there was no danger to workers or the environment.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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