To investigate the effects of the destruction of a chlorine cylinder containing 1000 kg of chlorine, lost by a vessel and residing on the bottom of the sea at a depth of approximately 25 m, some experiments were carried out. The results of these experiments are reported in this paper. The main conclusion is that the container can be destroyed safely with a heavy explosive charge, provided that the area that can be cleared from ships is sufficiently large. The experiments have shown that a circular area around the source with a radius of approximately 10 km should be large enough. © 1985.
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