Originally published on PATCH
COCKEYSVILLE, MD — Ten people had to be decontaminated after a can of dog training spray exploded at a Baltimore County recycling facility Wednesday morning while they were working, according to officials. The warehouse in Cockeysville was evacuated, and up to 20 people were evaluated for minor injuries, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.
At 8:40 a.m., Baltimore County hazmat crews were called to a warehouse in the 10200 block of Beaver Dam Road that is part of the Baltimore County Central Acceptance facility.
Workers had been separating recyclables that had been collected curbside when a can ruptured as it was moving on a conveyor belt inside the 100,000-square-foot building, according to officials.
The building was evacuated, and Baltimore County hazmat crews ventilated the building.
Between 15 and 20 employees were evaluated by emergency medical personnel for exposure to the chemical substance, later determined to be a nonhazardous irritant that authorities described as a “can of dog training spray.”
Approximately 10 people went through decontamination procedures, which fire officials said entailed showering, and nobody required hospitalization.
INITIAL REPORT: Hazmat crews are responding to a chemical issue on Beaver Dam Road Wednesday morning, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.
Officials said they were called to the Baltimore County Central Acceptance facility at 8:40 a.m. for the report of a chemical release.
Crews were tending to 14 people who were affected by the chemical release in the 10200 block of Beaver Dam Road, fire officials reported after 9:30 a.m. Emergency medical services personnel were continuing assessments, authorities reported.