About 50 people at Germany’s Hamburg Airport complained of having trouble breathing and burning eyes. Firefighters decided to shut down the airport, fearing that a toxic substance had spread through the airport’s air conditioning system.







Germany's Hamburg Airport

Germany’s Hamburg Airport Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Hundreds of people were evacuated today (Sunday) from Hamburg Airport in Germany after about 50 people felt ill after inhaling an unidentified substance. According to German security officials, the substance most likely spread through the airport’s air conditioning system, which has been shut down.

According to local news agencies, about 50 people who were in the security checkpoint area complained of having trouble breathing and burning eyes. Firefighters were rushed to the scene and decided to close down the airport, fearing that the passengers inhaled a toxic substance.

Some of the flights were redirected to other airports in the country and the local authorities are requesting that passengers check flight-tracking websites for updates.