Chemical spill sends 12 employees to area hospitals A...

Arundel Digest

February 21, 2002

Chemical spill sends 12 employees to area hospitals

A dozen employees of the Odenton-Meade Health Center were taken to area hospitals yesterday after a small amount of a potentially deadly chemical used as an anesthetic was spilled there, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

About a quarter of a cup of phenol was spilled at the health center, in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road, said county Fire Division Chief John M. Scholz. Although the chemical had been cleaned up by the time emergency crews arrived at 1:30 p.m., the odor was still strong, Scholz said.

As a precaution, six employees were taken to Harbor Hospital, two employees were taken to North Arundel Hospital, and four employees were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, all for evaluation, Scholz said.

Exposure of the skin to phenol can cause liver damage and destruction of red blood cells, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Short-term effects of inhalation can include respiratory irritation, headaches and burning eyes, according to the agency.

Three employees of a Columbia pharmacy were hospitalized Tuesday after accidentally touching phenol.

Man with handgun robs Pasadena bank

A Pasadena bank was robbed yesterday morning, Anne Arundel County police said.

The robber, wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun, walked into the Allfirst Bank in the 8400 block of Fort Smallwood Road about 9:40 a.m. and demanded money.

He was given an undisclosed sum and was seen leaving the bank's parking lot in a green pickup truck, police said. Officers found the truck behind a video store in the shopping complex.

Police offer day camps for children ages 8 to 16

The Anne Arundel County Police Department opened registration yesterday for summer programs for children.

Four weeklong day camps will begin in June. This summer, the department is offering Hooked on Fishing for ages 8 to 16; Summer Outdoor Adventures for ages 8 to 12; Camp Cops for ages 8 to 13; and Teen Opportunity Program for juvenile offenders or at-risk youths ages 12 to 15.

For information about fees or to register, call the county police DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) unit at 410-222-0042.

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