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East Raleigh Walmart reopens after hazmat incident

Posted August 7, 2015

The WalMart on New Bern Ave. was evacuated Friday morning

— A Walmart located at 4431 New Bern Ave. was closed to customers and employees Friday for about three hours following a hazmat scare.

The store was evacuated after a hazmat team was called to the store at 11:20 a.m. after some employees were overcome by fumes in the back of the building.

According to Wake County EMS, six people were taken to WakeMed after exposure to fumes from a bathroom. Some employees had to be treated for breathing problems.

According to a Walmart spokesman, a chemical reaction related to bathroom cleaning supplies led to the evacuation.


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  • Erika Phipps Aug 7, 2015
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    I have never seen a Walmart that used cleaning supplies in its ladies bathrooms. Wow, what a concept!

  • Joe Welch Aug 7, 2015
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    Exposure to fumes in a Walmart restroom? Really? I'm sorry.... it's just too easy.

  • Chad Weaver Aug 7, 2015
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    Wow, someone must have stunk it up pretty bad to send people to Wake Med.

  • Andrew Stephenson Aug 7, 2015
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    Walmart itself is a hazmat incident.