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Keyword: hazmat

Baltimore County hazmat units responded this morning to a Baltimore County recycling facility in Cockeysville after a can containing a chemical substance ruptured, injuring several county employees.

EMS crews evaluated 15 to 20 employees at the scene for minor injuries caused when they were exposed to the unknown substance. About 10 people underwent decontamination procedures (i.e., showering). No one was transported. 

Fire Department units were dispatched at 8:40 a.m. to the Central Acceptance Facility in the 10200 block of Beaver Dam Rd. The 100,000-square-foot warehouse where the incident occurred is a sorting facility where county workers separate the single-stream recyclables collected at the curbside. The can that ruptured was moving on a conveyor belt.

The building was evacuated while hazmat crews ventilated it. Hazmat personnel identified the irritant as a non-hazardous substance in a can of dog training spray.

BCoFD hazardous materials units and EMS personnel this afternoon responded to three northwest area synagogues that received suspicious packages.

Fire, hazmat and EMS units were dispatched at 12:45 p.m. to the 8100 block of Park Heights Ave., 21208, where two adults working in the offices at the Beth El Congregation opened an envelope and immediately complained that they felt ill. EMS crews evaluated them and found mild symptoms including nausea. The two patients were treated at the scene and refused transport.

Hazmat units used meters designed to detect dangerous gases and chemical to determine if there was any danger to the building. Nothing significant was found. 

A second incident involving a suspicious package was dispatched at 2:45 p.m. to the 4300 block of Crest Heights Rd., 21215. The location is Beth Isaac Adath Israel.

Again, hazmat crews, using their meters, found no dangerous substances or chemicals. No injuries were reported, and units cleared the scene at 3:29 p.m.

The third incident involving a suspicious package was reported at 4:25 p.m. at Har Sinai Congregation, 2900 block Walnut Ave., 21117. No injuries were reported, and hazmat crews found nothing unusual.


Revised June 27, 2017