British Police Issue Warning After Chemical ‘Haze’ on Sussex Coast

August 27, 2017 Updated: August 27, 2017

Police issued a warning on Sunday after chemical “haze” left up to 50 people on Britain’s south coast suffering irritation to their eyes and throats.

Sussex police urged people to keep doors and windows shut in the affected area, between the resort town of Eastbourne and Birling Gap, a few miles along the coast.

Police also warned people to stay away from the beaches, on a busy public holiday weekend.

The haze seems to have been coming in from the sea but the source has not been established, the statement said.

By Parikshit Mishra

People stand on a cliff at Beachy Head amidst mist, near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Louisa Neale via REUTERS)
People stand on a cliff at Beachy Head amidst mist, near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Louisa Neale via REUTERS)

A person takes photo of the mist near Beachy Head Lighhouse, near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Nick Harrison Neale via REUTERS)
A person takes photo of the mist near Beachy Head Lighhouse, near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Nick Harrison Neale via REUTERS)

Mist surrounds Beachy Head Lighhouse, near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Nick Harrison Neale via REUTERS)
Mist surrounds Beachy Head Lighhouse, near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Nick Harrison Neale via REUTERS)

Mist is seen near the Beachy Head Lighhouse near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Louisa Neale via REUTERS)
Mist is seen near the Beachy Head Lighhouse near Eastbourne, Britain on Aug. 27, 2017. (Louisa Neale via REUTERS)