Criticism accepted over cyanide spill

Secretary for Security Peter Lai Hing-ling accepted criticism that the Government had not thoroughly cleaned Tai Po Road after up to 100 kilograms of cyanide was spilled there.

Thursday, 11 December, 1997, 12:00am

All-clear for cyanide spill area

The site of Thursday's sodium cyanide spill is now considered safe and hikers will be allowed access to the area, officials say.

Results of soil tests received last night showed that the sodium cyanide level in the ground was well below safety limits, a Fire Services Department spokesman said.

'As a result, the cleanup operation has been suspended,' he said.

8 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Safety first

Hong Kong had a narrow escape this week. The deadly sodium cyanide that spilled from a lorry on to Tai Po Road did so on a dry day and caused no casualties. Had rain been falling, the outcome could have been much grimmer since the chemical becomes highly toxic the moment it comes into contact with water.

6 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Spill a 'wake-up call' on laws

The range of chemicals that need a licence to be carried on the roads should be widened, a provisional legislator said last night.

Environment panel member Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai said yesterday's sodium cyanide spill was a wake-up call for the Government.

He also demanded stronger penalties for lorry drivers who failed to secure their loads.

5 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Cyanide leak

POLICE last night cordoned off Kai Hung Road, Kowloon Bay, after sodium cyanide solid leaked from a container truck parked outside the Kerry Godown.

Fireman wearing chemical protection suits unloaded 352 drums of material on board the vehicle to isolate the leaking barrels.

9 Jul 1994 - 12:00am