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Nine Treated After Tampa Airport Post Office Evacuated

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The post office was evacuated when workers complained about feeling ill after handling a package that had recently been delivered to the building.

TAMPA – The post office at the Tampa International Airport is open again after being closed early Wednesday (July 24) when workers complained of feeling ill after handling a package.

Tampa Fire Rescue was called to the facility, 3501 Bessie Coleman Blvd, about 8:30 a.m. when workers at the sorting facility experienced symptoms related to exposure to a chemical irritant while handling packages that had been recently delivered to the facility.

Paramedics treated a total of nine patients: Five were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital; four were treated at the scene. The patients who were transported complained of minor symptoms related to exposure to the irritant and are expected to recover.

The facility was evacuated while the Tampa Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Incident Team entered to locate the source of the symptoms.

HAZMAT technicians and postal personnel said they found a package containing a chemical called tert-Butyl hydroperoxide. The chemical is used in the manufacture of various commercial and industrial products. The leaking container was boxed up for shipping. The container itself was clearly marked with a label indicating its contents.

The container was removed from the facility and no longer poses a hazard. The postal facility opened back up early Wednesday afternoon.

Agencies responding to the scene include Tampa Fire Rescue, Tampa International Airport Police, Tampa Police, U.S. Postal Service, FBI, and the U.S. Marshal Service.

Photo is file photo not of Wednesday’s scene.

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