A “mass brawl” inside a London nightclub’s house music event early Monday morning caused approximately 600 people to be evacuated after an “unknown corrosive substance” believed to be acid was sprayed by a male suspect at two victims.
Fumes from the substance affected other people inside the club, as well, according to a report in The Sun. Witnesses said the scene “was like a war” as the sold-out event was being evacuated.
A hazardous area response team was called, and roads were closed as emergency services tended to those injured. Ten patients were taken to the hospital by ambulance, and police said that two other people also needed treatment.
Two hospitalized male victims in their 20s are reported to be in serious but stable condition.
“Officers believe a dispute between two groups of people developed inside the venue, resulting in a noxious substance being sprayed by a male suspect directly at Victims 1 and 2. Other people inside the venue suffered the effects of the substance,” said police, adding, “The substance is yet to be identified, but it is believed to have been acidic.”
One witness recalled seeing a girl with apparent acid burns to her face and arm, while others saw “a group pouring bottles of water over what appeared to be an injured friend.”
According to a London Fire Brigade spokesperson, the stuff that was sprayed inside the club “was identified by a PH paper test as a strong acidic substance.”
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