Easter Road closed after cyanide leak fears

A man was taken to hospital. Picture: Jane Barlow
A man was taken to hospital. Picture: Jane Barlow
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An Edinburgh street was closed off for three hours after reports of a cyanide leak in a residential property.

Emergency services were called to Easter Road at 10.40pm on Saturday night after a 44 year old man in a second floor property claimed that cyanide powder had been leaked.

Twelve families in neighbouring properties were also evacuated while emergency workers wearing protective suits checked the property. It is understood that a decontamination unit was also set up in the middle of the street.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Following reports of a chemical incident in Easter Road on Saturday evening, emergency services carried out robust testing in the area and can confirm that there were no traces of any substances present.

“Residents were evacuated as a safety precaution and roads were closed to allow other emergency services to work safely. A male living in the property was taken to hospital but has sustained no injury.

“At no time was there any risk to the public.”

Residents were allowed to return to their homes at roughly 2am.