On Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. PDT, ABC7 reported a Hazardous Material (Hazmat) situation that developed in Irvine, Calif., which hospitalized six people. The situation arose from an unknown substance that was discovered at a waste management and recycling facility in Sunset Environmental. The facility is used for segregating trash and recyclable materials and it is located on the 16100 block of Construction Circle West.
Soon after the incident, a hazmat team, including the officials of Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) immediately rushed to the location. Simultaneously, the entire facility consisting of about 20 people was put under an alert and evacuated.
Earlier, officials had stated that only four people affected by the hazardous substance showed symptoms requiring medical attention. However, later on, the OCFA officials confirmed that in totality the hazardous substance impacted seven people. Out of them, only six victims manifested nonlife-threatening symptoms including watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. They were immediately rushed to a local hospital. There is no information on the condition of the seventh victim.
The hazmat team is currently investigating the unknown substance to determine the source of the symptoms.
Update: Sept. 9, 2016, 12:18 p.m. PDT
ABC7 reported at 12:18 p.m. PDT, that among those admitted to the hospital included two truck drivers employed with a transportation logistics company called Ecology Auto Parts. Both the drivers were beginning to start their vehicles to sort out the trash.
Further, the OCFA officials and hazmat team deployed at the location confirmed that no hazardous substances were dumped as trash at the facility. Hence, the hazmat team, at the end of its investigation was also unable to exactly identify the source of the medical symptoms.
This is a developing story as the investigation is still being carried out. Updates will be provided when they become available.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited Cathy Milne
ABC7: 6 HOSPITALIZED AFTER UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE CAUSES HAZMAT ALERT IN IRVINE
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