Gas chamber

A gas chamber is an airtight room used for killing people or animals with poison gas. The people or animals are put into the gas chamber, the door is sealed airtight from the outside, and a gas, such as carbon monoxide or hydrogen cyanide, is put into the chamber. The victims die from inhaling the poisonous gas.

In the United States

In the United States, prisons have used gas chambers to execute prisoners who were given the death penalty. The first person in the United States to be executed in a gas chamber was Gee Jon. This was in a prison in Nevada, in 1924. The government of Nevada did not want to use an electric chair, and thought hanging was cruel and inhumane.[1]

By the 1990s, the gas chamber had become less popular in the United States.[1] People began to think that it was too painful of a way to die. When Donald Eugene Harding was executed in Arizona in 1992, witnesses described his death as "violent" and an "ugly event".[2]

The last person to be executed in the gas chamber in the United States was Walter LaGrand. This was in Arizona in 1999. Now, most states that still have the death penalty use lethal injection.[1]

However, in April 2015, Oklahoma became the first state to approve using nitrogen gas to execute people in gas chambers.[3] They approved this after it took over an hour to execute Clayton Lockett by lethal injection.[4]

Other Languages
العربية: غرف الغاز
català: Cambra de gas
čeština: Plynová komora
dansk: Gaskammer
Ελληνικά: Θάλαμος αερίων
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Cambra a gas
English: Gas chamber
español: Cámara de gas
euskara: Gas ganbera
فارسی: اتاق گاز
français: Chambre à gaz
한국어: 가스실
հայերեն: Գազի խցիկ
Bahasa Indonesia: Kamar gas
italiano: Camera a gas
עברית: תא גזים
magyar: Gázkamra
Nederlands: Gaskamer
日本語: ガス室
norsk: Gasskammer
norsk nynorsk: Gasskammer
português: Câmara de gás
slovenčina: Plynová komora
српски / srpski: Gasna komora
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Gasna komora
svenska: Gaskammare
Türkçe: Gaz odası
українська: Газова камера
Tiếng Việt: Phòng hơi ngạt
ייִדיש: גאז קאמער
中文: 毒气室