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Chemical that caused evacuation at Baltimore County recycling facility was dog training spray

Posted at 11:23 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 11:30:31-04

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. — Baltimore County's recycling facility in Cockeysville had to be evacuated Wednesday morning after several workers were exposed to a potentially hazardous chemical.

Medics treated about 15 to 20 employees for minor injuries at the scene, 10 of which needed to be decontaminated.

It turns out the chemical wasn't hazardous at all, it was just a can of dog training spray that had ruptured on a conveyor belt.

The 100,000-square-foot warehouse on Beaver Dam Road sorts out single-stream recyclables collected at curbside, throughout the county.

Hazmat crews ventilated the building before allowing workers to go back inside.