Thursday, August 14, 2003

Hamilton chemical spill causes injuries, evacuation

The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - More than a dozen people were taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital on Wednesday after a chemical spill in the 1300 block of Franklin Street about 9 p.m.

Their conditions were not released.

Some residents of Franklin Street were evacuated, and residents in an eight-block area were warned to stay in their homes and turn off air conditioners.

The spill apparently came from the trunk of a car, and hazmat teams were preparing to determine the nature of the spill. The car may have been used as a portable lab to manufacture methamphetamine, police said.

Residents complained of burning eyes and difficulty breathing.

Franklin Street was blocked off, and onlookers were kept far from the scene.

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