Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Photo courtesy of Port Authority
Photo courtesy of Port Authority
A hazardous material leaked out of a drum at JFK Airport, injuring several employees.

A 55-gallon drum containing a hazardous chemical was struck by a forklift and began leaking at JFK Airport on May 5, causing seven people to be hospitalized after suffering burns and respiratory problems, according to the Port Authority.

The incident occurred at about 11:55 a.m. on Friday when airport employees started complaining of respiratory distress and burns on their skin. The Port Authority Police Department Emergency Service Unit was called to Hangar 9 where they found the leaking drum. Hangar 9 is used to warehouse commercial products.

The employees were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.

Police confirmed that the substance was Origanum, an oil that is deemed toxic and corrosive and used in makeup and flavoring. It was shipped to the United States from Hungary, according to a Port Authority Spokesperson.

The Emergency Service Unit packed the drum into another container and transported it to a remote area.

papdhazmat1

 

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Two men busted at JFK for illegally smuggling 26 birds to use in singing contests
Two men busted at JFK for illegally smuggling 26 birds to use in singing contests
Construction on the new hotel at the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport reaches a milestone
Construction on the new hotel at the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport reaches a milestone
Popular Stories
Photo via Pixabay
7 Queens neighborhoods make list of NYC's most expensive communities
Photos courtesy of the NYPD
Bayside man busted with over 60 guns in his home now behind bars without bail (UPDATED)
Photo by Ryan Kelley/QNS
Patrizia's will give Queens another try when it opens on Grand Avenue in Maspeth


Skip to toolbar