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4 hospitalized by acid spill at pharmacy


Four people were taken to area hospitals after a small acid spill at a Savage pharmacy yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

The spill at Neighborcare Pharmacies at 9036 Junction Drive involved 4 to 8 ounces of a concentrated acid that, when diluted, is used as to clean wounds, said Howard County police spokesman Sgt. Morris Carroll.

Three people were taken to Howard County General Hospital, and a fourth was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital, all for precautionary reasons, Carroll said.

Authorities said they think all four are employees at the pharmacy.

Firefighters asked a hazardous-materials team from Fort Meade to examine the scene, though Carroll said a pharmacist apparently neutralized the spill before fire officials arrived.

Pub Date: 12/30/98

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