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What is chlorine gas?

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Fire officials are confident the chemical that leaked Wednesday morning was chlorine gas. Fire officials are confident the chemical that leaked Wednesday morning was chlorine gas.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Officials say the chemical that leaked from Pacific Steel and Recycling injuring several workers is now thought to be chlorine gas.

Fire officials first thought they were dealing with Arsenic Trichloride,  but later they corrected themselves and said it was a  chlorine gas that came from a pressurized 1-ton container.

It's a toxic gas, and according to the Center for Disease Control, it can damage your lungs. People are most at risk if they inhale it.

The CDC says  with exposure to a high concentration, it can cause a suffocating feeling. They say in its compressed form, you can get chemical burns to your eyes. It can cause frostbite if there is contact to your skin.

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