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Pepper Spray Leak Blamed For Hazmat Scare At Oakland 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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OAKLAND (KCBS) – A pepper spray leak has been blamed for a hazmat scare at a post office in Oakland’s Laurel District Wednesday morning.

Authorities quarantined several workers who were apparently exposed to the pepper spray around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Eight postal employees were quarantined around 10 a.m. on Wednesday inside the building at 3630 High Street Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz said.

Firefighters determined that the workers were exposed to pepper spray after it leaked from a drawer, according to Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Jenny Ray.

Several people were seen being wheeled out on a gurney to an ambulance during the incident.

At least two post office employees complained of eye irritation and coughing from the substance. The post office was expected to re-open shortly.

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