Hundreds evacuated from Hamburg Airport after dozens injured from 'unknown toxin'

Nine were taken to a hospital though none were seriously affected by the incident.

All the flights were halted due to the evacuation, but the airport was reopened few hours after the evacuation.

Dozens of people needed treatment after a hazardous material believed to be pepper spray was spread through the air conditioning system at a German airport.

"A number of people complained about eye and respiratory irritation", he said.

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

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Associated Press reports that "hundreds" of people were evacuated from the airport and had to wait outside in sub-zero temperatures.

"There was an odour problem in the central air traffic control area, where passengers and hand luggage are checked".

Maik Lewerenz, spokesman for the federal Hamburg police, said that about 68 people were injured by an unknown substance.

Authorities said they ruled out an act of terrorism, DPA added.

A spokeswoman for the airport said flights had resumed as of 1.45 pm (12.45 GMT).

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