Russian forces have blown up a tank filled with nitric acid and residents are being urgently ordered to close windows and doors and not leave the premises.
Luhansk Regional Military Administration head Serhiy Haidai has warned resident’s to “protect” themselves against “vapours.”
“In Rubizhne, the orcs hit a tank with nitric acid‼ Urgent‼ Do not leave the shelters! If you are indoors, close the doors and windows!” Haidai wrote on Facebook.
He warned that nitic acid vapors irritate the respiratory tract and in order to protect against vapors and nitric acid mist resident’s must wear gas masks.
“Prepare protective face masks soaked in soda solution! When applied locally to the eyes, nitric acid causes severe damage, to the necrosis of the cornea and conjunctiva, leading to loss of vision,” he said.
He advised resident on first aid and told citizens in Luhansk, if nitric acid gets into your eyes, then rinse them with running water for 10-30 minutes.
If there is any contact on the skin they must wash the affected surface with water, adding baking soda and soap and if the nitric acid is swallowed then they must drink plenty of water.
“Follow the direction of the wind! We are looking forward to rain, it will help! Keep in touch! Follow information alerts!” he advised.