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Canada Post sorting station evacuated in Kelowna

The Hazmat team were called to the post office outlet at 720 Bailey Rd. in Kelowna this morning. - Sean Connor
The Hazmat team were called to the post office outlet at 720 Bailey Rd. in Kelowna this morning.
— image credit: Sean Connor

Fire officials believe pepper spray or animal spray was the reason some 40 postal workers began feeling ill Tuesday morning, prompting Hazmat to search the postal sorting facility.

Shortly after 8 a.m., Kelowna firefighters were dispatched to the Canada Post facility at 720 Baillie Avenue, located in the north end, after more than three dozen employees said they began experiencing sore throat symptoms.

Given the number of people with symptoms and the type of facility, the call “is something we take very seriously,” said assistant fire chief Jason Brolund.

Police and ambulance were called, and Hazmat crews searched the building after it was evacuated.

“Nothing suspicious was found,” said Brolund.

The symptoms employees were suffering, said Brolund, was “consistent with” pepper or animal spray.

Postal employees are issued such a spray, he added.

The 40 people suffering from sore throats had their symptoms go away once they were out in the fresh air and postal employees returned to work later that morning.

 

 

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