Noxious odor that hospitalized 7 identified as accidentally released dog repellent

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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