Hazardous Material Sickens 200 in New Mexico
A New Mexico industrial park released an unknown chemical into the air that sickened 200 people and caused others to feel a burning sensation on their skin.
The Associated Press (AP) reports the one-mile area near El Paso, Texas, was emptied for a few hours during the incident, which took place Oct. 30, and the county airport was closed. Residents of neighboring homes and businesses were asked to remain indoors, seal all doors and windows and shut off air conditioning and heating systems.
Investigations were initially targeted at the FoamEx plant but later stretched to other areas in the Dona Ana County Industrial Park.
No serious injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized, reports AP. People complained of nausea, light-headedness, breathing problems, dizziness and skin irritation.