HAZMAT – North-America – USA

EDIS Number: HZ-20120322-34606-USA
Date / time: 22/03/2012 04:06:48 [UTC]
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: [Joshua Tree National Park]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 11 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


The administrative center of Joshua Tree National Park closed today after 11 employees in the center’s mailroom were sickened in a suspected hazardous-materials situation. The National Parks Service evacuated the building after the afflicted displayed symptoms including skin irritation, respiratory distress, nausea and eye irritation, the Parks Service said in a news release. Joshua Tree’s administrators became suspicious of a package that had been delivered by a commercial carrier earlier in the day to the center in the 74400 block of National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms, the Parks Service said. Paramedics treated the 11 people under decontamination procedures. Parks Service officials did not report that any of them were taken to a hospital. The Oasis Visitors Center was closed at 4 p.m. to aid emergency works with the decontamination and cleanup process. Hazmat workers are still trying to determine what caused the employees to become sick, Park Services said. The release did not include anything about what was found in the suspicious package, and it did not say if the park will reopen tomorrow.

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