That's a nasty chemical and can cause the human who breathes it significant harm.
Search Google for: MSDS for Nitrogen Trifluoride and check out the damage it can do.
DANGER! High-pressure, oxidizing gas.
Acts on blood causing damage to central nervous system.
May cause kidney, liver, spleen, and other organ damage.
Possibly fatal even with adequate oxygen.
Symptoms may be delayed.
May cause eye irritation, possibly severe in high concentrations.
Vigorously accelerates combustion.
Self-contained breathing apparatus must be worn by rescue workers.
Under ambient conditions, this colorless gas has a mold-like odor.
I'm glad that I wasn't there when it happened.
Looks like Arizona is going to heat up a bit more, that's a greenhouse gas... Ah well, we used to test nukes there...
I hope that they made sure to inspect all the other tools of the same nature to ensure they don't start leaking soon as well.
Hopefully those intel workers get back to good health and receive some compensation for this. Nitrogen Trifluoride is a pretty nasty chemical from what RealNiel has explained
That's awful. I'm glad it wasn't worse. I don't remember hearing about it the local media. I pass by the plan all the time traveling the I-10 freeway.
And Chuck, I don't believe there has ever been nuke testing here in Arizona...ever.