Wednesday, July 23, 2008
More good news from Beijing today as a gaseous substance flooded the Olympic Broadcasting Center that will house thousands of broadcasters from around the world next month. Via Newsday....
BEIJING (AP) _ Hundreds of people were evacuated Wednesday from the massive building that will house broadcasters from around the world when the Beijing Olympics open, fearing there was a gas leak after people inside smelled a strong chemical odor. But authorities later said it was a false alarm and the smell probably came from building materials or chemicals.Everything about these Games is borderline terrifying and if I worked for NBC, I would have been praying for a Soccer assignment last month. No way I'd want to head there with all of the smog, weird looking algae and terrorist threats. I also love how they describe the gas as coming from, "building materials or liquids," in the article.
Authorities told workers it was safe to go back in and there were no reports of injuries.
John Barton, the director of sport for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, said he was in his office at the International Broadcast Center when people began running down the halls and telling occupants to clear out. He said no alarm sounded.
"The gas was swirling down the corridor and the emergency drill, if there is one, wasn't followed," Barton said. "Ladies were running up and down the corridors saying 'Get out of the building,'" he added. "I stepped out of my office and I thought it was some kind of joke — no sirens, no speakers, nothing."
Riiiiight. Nothing to be worried about at all. Go back to work!
Olympics broadcasting center in Beijing evacuated after false alarm over a gas leak (Newsday)