Firemen in protective gear clean up barrels of lethal sodium cyanide spilled on a road in Tai Po, Hong Kong, following an accident near the Kowloon Reservoirs in December 1997. Photo: SCMP
Firemen in protective gear clean up barrels of lethal sodium cyanide spilled on a road in Tai Po, Hong Kong, following an accident near the Kowloon Reservoirs in December 1997. Photo: SCMP

When 100kg of deadly poison was spilled on Hong Kong road next to reservoir, sparking fears of contaminated water supply

  • A truck carrying lethal sodium cyanide dropped 19 drums of the poisonous substance on a road in Tai Po after taking a sharp turn
  • A local politician criticised the then secretary for security for the poison remaining on the road a day later and for shirking responsibility for the incident

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Firemen in protective gear clean up barrels of lethal sodium cyanide spilled on a road in Tai Po, Hong Kong, following an accident near the Kowloon Reservoirs in December 1997. Photo: SCMP
Firemen in protective gear clean up barrels of lethal sodium cyanide spilled on a road in Tai Po, Hong Kong, following an accident near the Kowloon Reservoirs in December 1997. Photo: SCMP
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