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Hazardous material identified in Follansbee

Updated: Monday, May 12 2014, 05:51 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. -- The hazardous material found a home Rose street in Follansbee was identified as a chemical known as Chloropicrin.
Brooke County EMA Director Bob Fowler said it is a material used in the 1940s for a booby trap. For example, if you had a safe in your house, you would bolt this material inside of your safe. If anyone would try to break in or saw through the safe, the material would come out and explode right in their faces.
In this case, Fowler said there were a couple people trying to clean out the house when a man picked up a bag, which then broke opened causing the contents to spill and injury to follow.
Fowler said the man was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released for burns.
Because of the contents of the material, officials notified a hazmat team out of Wheeling, which removed it.
“At no time was anybody in the community here at risk,” Fowler said. “Even though we took the precautions, we also took precautions at the hospital to quarantine the area where they were treated along with the nursing staff. We had them shower and change their clothes as a precaution."
Residents on Rose Street will still be quarantined.
Fowler said this material has been placed in a hazmat container and is on its way to Charleston, added he says they are 100 percent sure that the material was chloropicrin.

Hazardous material identified in Follansbee


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