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Revealed: What the ‘unknown substance’ was that caused a bus to be evacuated in Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:52 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:13 12 October 2018

Emergency services on the scene in Barking. Picture: Basit Mahmood

Emergency services on the scene in Barking. Picture: Basit Mahmood

Basit Mahmood

The ‘unknown substance’ found leaking on a bus in Barking town centre which resulted in passengers being evacuated and fire crews rushing to the scene has been revealed.

A hand sanitiser caused an evacuation of the bus. The hand sanitizer pictured was not involved in the incident. Picture: Basit MahmoodA hand sanitiser caused an evacuation of the bus. The hand sanitizer pictured was not involved in the incident. Picture: Basit Mahmood

An innocent bottle of hand sanitiser was at the root of the incident which also saw a cordon placed near Asda supermarket on Wednesday afternoon.

Two fire engines and two rescue units attended the incident after a passenger mistook the sanitising liquid oozing on a bus seat as a more sinister liquid.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: “Firefighters were called at 2.43pm to reports of a noxious substance on a bus.

“We attended the scene and found no elevated readings.

“It was a hand sanitiser that had leaked on seating.”

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