All clear following chemical incident

All ten patients have been discharged following decontamination. File photo.

Ten patients admitted to Tauranga Hospital last night following a chemical incident have been discharged.

The nine teenagers and one adult were brought to the hospital by the fire service after 7pm on Saturday.

A fire service spokesperson says they responded to a chemical incident involving what is believed to have been quicklime powder.

The patients – nine boys aged between 14 and 16, and one 43-year-old man – had been exposed to the substance, causing irritation to their skin and eyes.

The fire service brought the patients to the hospital, where they assisted hospital staff in decontaminating the patients using the hospital showers.

A BOPDHB spokesperson says all ten patients were discharged at around 11pm.

Police also attended the incident, although they say at this stage no charges have been laid in relation to the matter.


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