Frederick News

Posted on: May 2, 2017

Frederick Police Respond to Hazardous Material Situation



May 2, 2017




FREDERICK, MD – On today’s date at approximately 12:00 pm, The Frederick Police Department received a call from Frederick Memorial Hospital who stated that two adult males arrived in the Emergency Department complaining of respiratory distress and burns.  The adult males stated that they received a package in the mail at their address in the 400 block of Military Road, Frederick, containing a substance that caused the injuries.  The two males then drove themselves to Frederick Memorial Hospital, bringing the package inside the Emergency Department with them. 

The Frederick Police Department and Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to Frederick Memorial Hospital to conduct an investigation.  Frederick Memorial Hospital was temporarily closed for incoming patients for approximately three hours until the substance could be tested.

The preliminary test conducted by Frederick County Fire and Rescue indicated that the substance was a common household chemical.  A secondary test is currently being performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  Those results should be available later this evening.

Media inquiries regarding this incident may be directed to Lt. Clark Pennington at 301-600-3935.

Author:  Michele Bowman - Public Information Coordinator 301-514-0779 / 240-446-4912

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