Odor leads to closure of county jail office

April 18, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Officials at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center closed an office Tuesday after employees complained of a noxious odor.

The office, which was in the classification department on the lower level of the detention center just outside Annapolis, was closed until an air quality expert can assess the situation tomorrow, Superintendent Richard Baker said.

"I don't want to guess what it may be or what it may not be," Mr. Baker said. "There was an odor, and we're going to find out what it is."

All eight employees complained of an odor and were experiencing headaches Tuesday morning.

But Mr. Baker said only one of the workers became ill.

"An employee was sick, but whether that can be attributed to [the odor] cannot be determined," he said. "The workers have been moved to a different office in the center."

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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