NJ hazmat scare sends 9 to hospital

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

August 18, 2012 3:15:51 PM PDT
A hazardous materials scare sent nine people to the hospital on Saturday.

Around noon, while responding to a call about a person having a seizure on Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey, emergency responders reported smelling a weird odor.

Occupants told them that the building had been fumigating for bed bugs.

Both an EMT and fire captain became ill causing the hazmat team to be called in. Residents were able to stay in their apartments as pesticides were determined to be the cause. Four first responders went to the hospital, plus five civilians, including two children. However, they all have been released from the hospital and are expected to be alright.

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