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12-21-2010 Chemical Exposure Sickens Three People
Coral Springs-            At 3:42 p.m. on Tuesday December 21st, 2010, three Coral Springs Police Officers were conducting a routine investigation, when they stumbled upon an open container outside a meter room of an apartment building. The building is located at 9630 NW 35th Street. At the time they saw the container, they immediately started feeling ill and having physical reactions. The officers made their way to safety and called for the Coral Springs Fire Department to respond.  Once CSFD units were on the scene, they realized the need to identify and secure the unknown substance. BSO Fire Rescue and Sunrise Fire Rescue HazMat Teams’ responded to the scene to provide specialized hazardous chemical identification and containment procedures. Both HazMat teams made entries using specialized gear and equipment. The substance did not match anything in their vast comparison database, but was still contained for the safety of the residents.
            Approximately 25 residents were temporarily displaced during the event, but were able to relax inside BCT busses. A total of four people were evaluated, the initial three police officers, and one female feeling ill during the event, not believed to be related to
the chemical. The current status of the evaluated officers and resident are not known. Two officers were transported to Coral Springs Medical Center. 
            The exact identification of the substance is not yet known, but was removed from the area to ensure there were no further exposures. 
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