Hazmat @ Elliot: ER patient releases white powder, several reported ill

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Hazmat team is on the scene at the Elliot Hospital emergency room after a white powder was dispersed by a patient brought in by MPD. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH – First responders are on the scene at Elliott Hospital, which has confirmed a Haz-Mat situation that occurred in the emergency room Thursday morning.

A patient brought into the emergency department via Manchester Police allegedly ripped open a bag containing a white powder which became airborne. Six workers in the ER reported not feeling right. The exposed area was quickly contained and evacuated, and Manchester Police, DEA, and Manchester Fire responded. 

A hospital spokesperson said the symptoms exhibited by those affected included nausea, high blood pressure, and elevated heart rate. The Haz-Mat team is still working to identify the substance.


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