Hamburg airport evacuated and 50 treated over 'substance in air'

Spokeswoman for the airport, Karen Stein, said: "We have cancelled all flights at least until 2pm, and most parts of the airport have been evacuated".

Firefighters and ambulances were rushed to the scene in the northern German city after the incident, which occurred in an area where passenger luggage is scanned by security staff.

Flights have resumed at Hamburg Airport, after an "unknown hazardous material" believed now to be pepper spray, spread through the air ventilation system forcing authorities to evacuate the airport.

"The terminals and the Airport Plaza had to be evacuated for around one hour".

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Hundreds of passengers waited outside as officials tried to establish the cause.

The airport said in a statement that police and firefighters had concluded from their initial investigation the substance most likely was pepper spray.

As The Washington Post reported, police said there was "no evidence" that this event could be related to a terrorist attack.

Flights were halted at 12.20pm due to the fire brigade taking over the terminal building. Air traffic had to be paused because all the on-site emergency services were occupied dealing with the situation.

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