10-15 people sickened after package is opened at state office

10-15 people sickened after package is opened at state office

Credit: Drew Mikkelsen / KING

10-15 people sickened after package is opened at state office

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

A state office in downtown Olympia was evacuated Tuesday for a hazmat investigation.

Four employees at the Health Care Authority started complaining of sore throats, itchy eyes and a strong perfume-type smell after a package was opened.

As many as 15 employees complained of irritation of some kind, but no one required hospitalization.

As a precaution the building was evacuated.

The mail was isolated into a barrel, awaiting inspection by the WSP swat team.

The mail was not addressed to anyone specific and did not have a return address on it. Authorities described it as "general mail."

Gov. Chris Gregoire was supposed to have had a meeting in the building. There's nothing to suggest that her meeting and the mail incident are related.

 


 

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