Specialists called in for store ailment

June 27, 1993|By Staff report

Baltimore County's hazardous materials unit helped Carroll County's specialists and the Westminster and Reese volunteer fire departments on a call at about 10 p.m. Thursday at the High's dairy store on East Green Street in Westminster.

Two High's employees and a customer called the Westminster Fire Department after their eyes began to water and they felt a burning sensation on their faces, a Baltimore County hazardous materials unit spokesman said Friday.

After Westminster volunteers went into the store and had the same symptoms, the hazardous materials unit entered the store in protective suits. The group tested several areas with meters, including the ice machines and refrigerators, but found no leaks, the spokesman said.

Three hours later, the burning had disappeared, he said.

The spokesman said hazardous materials workers have not determined what caused the burning, but suspect chemical residue may have been left in a bucket and interacted with bleach water used to clean the floor.

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