“Monterey firefighters have evacuated a portion of a shopping center this afternoon after employees at an Apple electronics store said they felt sick after receiving a package with an unknown substance, the city’s fire chief said,” CBS SF reports.
“Employees at the store in the Del Monte Shopping Center called 911 at 12:25 p.m. after some employees began feeling dizzy and nauseous after handling a package that was delivered to the store, according to Monterey Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer,” CBS SF reports. “Firefighters and the Monterey County regional hazardous materials team evacuated three stores, including the Apple store, as well as an outdoor eating area.”
CBS SF reports, “After an initial investigation, fire and hazmat officials determined the package was contaminated in transit when an unknown substance most likely leaked onto the package’s exterior, Panholzer said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Dizzy and nauseous? Sounds like classic case of Bud Light spillage. Hope everyone’s feeling better today!
UPDATE: 2:15pm EDT: Ana Ceballos reports for Monterey Herald that Bud Light was not the culprit:
The “clear liquid” that made a dozen people feel nauseated was determined to be organic peroxide, Monterey Fire Chief Gaundenz Panholzer said. The chemical spilled on an Apple Store package being delivered to Del Monte Center from Apple headquarters, Panholzer said.
Panholzer said the package was contaminated at a FedEx distribution center and was then put on a FedEx truck. FedEx spokeswoman Connie Avery said an event like this is “very unusual.”