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Also, a wastewater treatment plant within the zone of people affected is undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The £16million revamp of Eastbourne waterworks, which should be completed by the autumn, includes refurbishing the biological filter which uses bacteria to digest waste.
East Sussex's Chief Inspector Bruce Mathews said the source of the cloud is as yet unknown and that this lack of knowledge is 'adding to our concern'. Initial reports were of a fire at Birling Gap, but there's been no fire.'I know with previous incidents that we've had here there's been incidents where stuff has come across from industrial units in France.'We're going to work with our agencies to try and find out where this has all come from.' Many witnesses have suggested the cloud was made up of chlorine gas, because of its smell and the way it irritated eyes 'like a swimming pool'.
But some claims include that there could be a leak from industrial plants across the Channel on France's northern coastline.
We couldn't see and we thought it was because we'd been swimming in the sea but as we got further towards the steps of the beach everyone was holding their eyes and there was a mist rolling in.'The coastguard medics said it was a chemical irritant in the air and for everyone to get off the beach and out of the area as quick as.
We used the medic centre to try wash our eyes but we all still have really red sore eyes.'The medics recommended we washed our eyes out with cold water and said we could stay to wait for an ambulance but we wanted to get out of the area.' A Sussex Police spokesman said today: 'Neither the gas nor its source have been established, but agencies are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out either on-shore or off-shore locations, although it does appear that it did sweep in from the sea driven by on-shore breezes.
Bob Jefferey, of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Eastbourne division, said it would be business as usual.
He said: 'Whatever it was, it smelled like burnt plastic.
It was revealed a factory in Rouen, France, had accidentally released the harmless gas, mercaptan, which had wafted across the English Channel.
Terrified sunseekers were left with breathing problems and burning eyes after a mysterious yellow chemical cloud swamped a packed beach and injured more than 200 people.
Doctors in hazmat suits treated hundreds of holidaymakers with dangerous symptoms including vomiting in contamination tents at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head yesterday.
He told Mail Online: 'They are hosing everyone down in case it turns out to be something really nasty.'The coastline is a popular area with dog walkers and is a busy hotspot for tourists and locals enjoying the bank holiday weekend.
This is not the first time residents of the UK's south coast have played host to clouds of mysterious gas.
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'However, weather models suggest that an onshore source in northern France is very unlikely.'In the past, chemicals have drifted across from European industrial units, but weather models indicate this was not the case on Sunday, according to the Met Office.