A portion of Military Road in Frederick, Md. is currently closed due to a HAZMAT situation. Few details were immediately available, but drivers should avoid the area.
UPDATE: Frederick Memorial Hospital has reopened after potentially hazardous substance was found to be common household chemicals.
FOX 5’s Paul Wagner is at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where the main entrance was roped off and a decon tent was set up near the emergency room. Wagner said there was lots of equipment at the scene. Military Road is closed from West 7th Street to Rosemont Avenue. It is being reported that this may be a hazardous material situation.
Reports suggest that two men received a suspicious package at their home and then felt burning and respiratory distress. They went to the hospital as a result and now both locations are under investigation. It isn’t clear what the substance is that caused their injuries, so authorities are proceeding with extreme caution.
The hospital is now closed to incoming patients as authorities investigate. Ambulances are being diverted to other local hospitals, according to hospital spokeswoman Melissa Lambdin. A decontamination tent was set up near the emergency room and the ER is not accepting new patients at this time.
Two patients “who may have been exposed to an unknown substance” were receiving treatment in the hospital’s emergency department as of 1 p.m., according Lambdin. The emergency department was otherwise shut down, with no new patients admitted and existing patients relocated, Lambdin wrote in an email. The two patients are currently undergoing a decontamination process, as is customary.
Lambdin could not confirm if the entire hospital campus is on lockdown. Police say that Military Road is closed as a result.
Investigators are working to determine the origin of the package and whether or not there was any criminal activity involved.
Frederick Memorial Hospital
Frederick Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Frederick County, Maryland. It is located in the city of Frederick at 400 W 7th Street and serves as the hub of the Frederick Regional Health System (FRHS).
FMH has been recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and America’s 100 Best for Coronary Intervention by Healthgrades. It also has the only wound care center in the state of Maryland to receive Accreditation with Distinction from The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.
In addition, FMH is accredited as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), its highest level of accreditation.
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