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Mysterious Fumes From Package Send Six Workers To Hospital

Posted July 19, 2005 4:03 a.m. EDT

— More than 20 emergency vehicles rushed to a Fayetteville storage facility Tuesday morning after a report of a strange odor coming from a box.

Movers with Mayflower Moving Co. on Robeson Street said they received a package from Charleston, S.C., Tuesday morning. They said the package has a military family's belongings and a strong odor.

Some of the workers reported feeling dizzy and nauseous, so authorities were called to investigate. Some workers were hosed down with water as part of the decontamination process.

"This is probably a real strong overreaction to something. If we set it out on the dock and let it air out for 20 or 30 minutes, we probably wouldn't have any of this happen," said Steve Rhodes, general manager of Mayflower Moving Co.

Six workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution and one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

Authorities have not released details into what was in the package. Officials said the odor was not hazardous, but still do not know what the smell was from.

The incident caused delays in both directions on Robeson Street.