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Mystery Hazmat Sickens 3 At Vallejo Post Office

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A worker wears a hazmat suit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A worker wears a hazmat suit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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VALLEJO (CBS SF) – A Solano County hazardous materials team was investigating what sickened three people at a Vallejo post office Thursday morning.

A mail carrier, a clerk and a customer exited the building around 11:10 a.m. after their eyes, ears, noses and throats became irritated and they began coughing, Vallejo Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Arthur Gonzales said Thursday afternoon.

As a precaution, the fire department closed two blocks in each direction around the post office and issued a shelter-in-place order, Gonzales said.

The three people with symptoms were treated at the scene, Gonzales said.

“This is a static incident. There was no release, spill or open package,” Gonzales said.

The Solano County Environmental Health Services Division’s hazardous materials response team arrived around 2 p.m. and was searching the building for the source of the irritant, Gonzales said.

 

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