Annapolis Fire Department

Annapolis Fire Department Media Release

Fire Chief

David L. Stokes, Sr.

Contact Person:
Fire Inspector Ken White
Phone: 410-263-7975

Hazmat Incident Update

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2018

(Annapolis, MD) *****Update*****At 04:57pm this afternoon, Annapolis and Anne Arundel Fire Department units were dispatched for an overdose in the 900 block of Bay Ridge Rd. On location Fire Department personnel noticed a white powdery chemical substance, that had been ingested by the patient. The Annapolis Hazmat team was dispatched to the scene to investigate the substance found in the vehicle.

Upon further investigation the chemical substance found has been identified as Sodium Azide. According to the CDC "
Sodium azide is a rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical that exists as an odorless white solid." It is unknown as to how the Patient came in possession of this chemical. Proper precaution was taken and the chemical was contained.  Fire Department personnel, apparatus, and hospital ER staff having direct contact with the patient have all be decontaminated. All uniforms have been disposed of and all personnel received new uniforms. No reported injuries to fire personnel or hospital staff. All units have cleared the scene, and hospital.  The Patient remains in critical condition. No further information at this time.

End of release (Ken White #400)

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