Gas attacks ‘Alien’ set

An unknown chemical discharge on Fox’s Soundstage 16 Wednesday morning temporarily interrupted the shoot of “Alien Resurrection.” The fourth installment in the sci-fi franchise is shooting almost entirely on the lot, and the cast and crew vacated the soundstage after a noxious gas began pouring onto the set. Several hook-and-ladder trucks as well as helicopters arrived at the studio, and 19 people were treated for injuries resulting from the discharge.

A Hazardous Material team from the Los Angeles City Fire Dept. investigated and pronounced the scene all clear, so that production was able to resume Wednesday afternoon. The exact nature of the gas and its source were unknown.

“Alien Resurrection” started production in November and is scheduled for a late-summer release. The film stars Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is directing.

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