The residents around the port of Ghent woke up to a worrying sight on Tuesday when they noticed that a yellow cloud had formed, and was floating North.
"The situation is under control, there is no danger for the environment", explained fire spokesman Alisa Coessens.
The yellow cloud originated from a chimney of a company located in the port area and was made up of nitrogen dioxide, Coessens told Nieuwsblad. "This is released during a combustion process in that company. It's harmless."
"We are present in the port of Ghent in the Pantserschipstraat", Brandweerzone Centrum said on Twitter. "A yellow cloud drifts towards the north (Langerbrugge-Evergem-Kluizen). Measuring teams are on site. We continue to monitor the situation." They then followed this up with a message confirming that the results had shown that the cloud was never harmful at any time.
Wij zijn aanwezig in de Gentse haven in de Pantserschipstraat. Een gele wolk drijft af richting het noorden (Langerbrugge-Evergem-Kluizen). Meetploegen ter plaatse. We volgen de situatie verder op.— Brandweerzone Centrum (@bzcentrum) November 26, 2019
The Brussels Times
Update incident Pantserschipstraat: situatie onder controle. Uit de metingen is gebleken dat de wolk op geen enkel moment schadelijk was voor de omgeving.— Brandweerzone Centrum (@bzcentrum) November 26, 2019