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Police: Officers may have been exposed to asbestos responding to pipe explosion

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 21:03:41-04

Baltimore police may have been exposed to asbestos when they responded to a steam pipe explosion in downtown Baltimore earlier this week,  officials said.

In a statement police said they notified affected officers, “regarding necessary safety precautions with regards to the possibility of exposure to asbestos.”

On Wednesday, Veolia announced tests detected a low level of asbestos at the site of the pipe explosion. The company is using special asbestos remediation cleaning techniques until they can confirm  the area is not contaminated. The process is expected to take several days.

The company says asbestos was used to insulate the 15 miles of steam pipe line under Baltimore.