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The smoke was going wrong; HOW 7-YROLD DESCRIBED MOMENT PUPILS HAD TO FLEE INDOORS AS FACTORY GAS DRIFTED OVER THEIR SCHOOL.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL Daily Post Reporter steve.bagnall@trinitymirror.com

HOW 7-YROLD DESCRIBED MOMENT PUPILS HAD TO FLEE INDOORS AS FACTORY GAS DRIFTED OVER THEIR SCHOOL Harlow Williams with mum Joanne. 'We couldn't play out because it was really smelly and smokey,' said the schoolgirl A SEVEN year old girl has told how she and her classmates couldn't play outside at school after a gas cloud from a nearby factory drifted over and engulfed them.

Harlow Williams and her friends at Ysgol y Waun, Chirk, had to be ushered inside by staff after the gas emission from the Kronospan chipboard plant.

Harlow said: "We were outside and then the teachers told us to come inside.

"The smoke was going wrong. We couldn't play out because it was really smelly and smokey. We didn't go out after - it was really bad."

Her mum Joanne Williams, 39, said she and other parents are worried about the "acrid" smoke pumping out from the plant. "There are massive concerns - you just don't know what the children are breathing in," she said..

Gas clouds from ofter drift over nearby "I have lived here all my life and Chirk is a nice area. I understand it is a big employer and does things in the community, so what do you do about it? "Do you leave the village and live somewhere else or keep trying to get something done?" Jacqueline Pugh, 28, who has two children at Ysgol y Waun, echoed Ms Williams' sentiments.

"My mum is a dinner lady at the school and she says if they smell smoke from Kronospan they have to bring the kids in," she said. "It is a worry for us."

Wrexham council chiefs and Natural Resources Wales have launched an investigation into the incident on Friday.

Kronospan bosses apologised and insist the cloud was not harmful. Chairman Mike McKenna said: "We are sorry for causing concern at the school on Friday. There was no incident, but the routine operation of our board production abatement system currently results in low level discharge of cleaned process gases.

Kronospan (top) Ysgol y Waun "On occasions, as a result of unusual climatic conditions, the emission grounds. Even though the emission is not harmful, it is not acceptable and we are in the process of ducting the process gas to a higher level to get better dispersion. This will be completed by the end of July."

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Gas clouds from Kronospan (top) ofter drift over nearby Ysgol y Waun

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