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Hamburg airport briefly closed over airborne irritant

The airport in Hamburg, Germany, was briefly evacuated and shut down Sunday after about 50 people complained of coughing and eye pain caused by an unknown airborne irritant near a security checkpoint.

A strong smell was noticed in the area, and an unknown "corrosive" substance was reportedly discovered nearby as fire crews investigated. Physicians were on site to examine the people affected, but no serious injuries seem to have occurred. After about an hour, the airport reopened and flights resumed.