Mustard gas production, 1954

Mustard gas production, 1954

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Caption: Mustard gas production. 1950s production of artillery shells containing mustard gas at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Commerce City, Colorado, USA. Mustard gas, a toxic chemical warfare agent, consists of chlorinated sulphur hydrocarbons. It causes severe blistering to the skin and can be fatal, hence the protection worn by the workers. These are 105-millimetre shells. This arsenal, used to produce a range of chemical weapons, was constructed during World War II. It was operated by the US Army until it closed in 1992. Photographed by a Denver Post photographer on 22 March 1954.

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