Hazmat teams summoned to Beth El after ‘suspicious package’ may have caused several to become ill

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Hazmat teams and other emergency personnel are currently investigating a suspicious package at Beth El Congregation. Photo by Solomon Swerling, Jmore.

By Simone Ellin

Baltimore County Fire Department officials announced that Hazardous Materials teams and emergency medical service personnel were dispatched to Beth El Congregation at 8101 Park Heights Ave. in Pikesville today, Dec. 17, at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The Hazmat teams and other emergency crews were reportedly called in after several people at one of Beth El’s administrative offices became mildly ill after a “suspicious package” was opened.

“We received a call from the school for a possible hazardous materials incident,” said Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost. “Basically what happened is two people, both adults, were in a room in the school when they opened some kind of envelope that I believe arrived through the mail, and they immediately began complaining of feeling ill.”

Fire officials reported that the symptoms included dizziness and nausea, but the adults’ conditions were improving.

Read the full story at Jmore.



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