Dozens treated after chemical issue at Merrimack plant

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Spraying Systems in Merrimack. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MERRIMACK, NH — Dozens of people working at Merrimack plant were treated by first-responders Tuesday after emergency crews responded to Spraying Systems on Daniel Webster Highway.

No serious injuries were reported.

Merrimack Fire Chief Mike Currier explained that fire and rescue crews were called in after a chemical powder used in the lab that was mislabeled by the vendor created a haz-mat incident.

“The powder material which is part of a process wasn’t reacting correctly, and since it was an unknown, we made the decision to evacuate,” Currier said.

The HVAC system inside the lab area was shut down while testing of offices was done. Currier said the air quality appeared to be safe.

Multiple towns responded and ultimately, 13 workers were transported to Nashua hospitals for treatment of symptoms from the chemical, primarily nausea, according to Currier. More than 50 workers were treated at the scene.
The emergency was contained to the building, and there was no danger to the public.
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