LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Seven people were hospitalized after a post office in Lewiston was evacuated Wednesday morning.
Authorities responded to the hazmat situation after reports of a noxious odor shortly before 8 a.m. Once they got there, the building had already been evacuated.
The seven who were hospitalized said they felt a burning sensation in their throats and had watery eyes. Employees say they had been working all morning before the symptoms started occurring, but the office was not open for business yet.
The aerosol irritant found in the air was determined to have been dog repellent that was accidentally released.
Fire officials determined the building to be safe during the afternoon and the people who were hospitalized were released from quarantine.
The area near the post office, which is located at Cayuga and S. 8th St., was closed as crews test the air in the building. A nearby gas station was also closed, but not evacuated.
The investigation was turned over to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.