1 dead, several ill after chemical accident at a Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington Mass

Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington Mass

One person is dead, nine others sickened and hospitalized after being exposed to a strong cleaning agent at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Staff in the sports bar, located on South Avenue in Burlington, were mixing the products in the kitchen area when the fumes started to be let off.

Another customer spoke of the panic that followed.

"We see the employees, like the waitstaff, everybody just flee".

Emergency crews responded around 5:30 p.m.to the Buffalo Wild Wings in the town of Burlington, located about 16 miles outside of Boston, after receiving reports that a chemical reaction had occurred in the restaurant's kitchen, Boston's WHDH-TV reported. The unidentified individual, who was an employee of the restaurant, was "suffering from nausea". When the worker inadvertently mixed the two products with a push broom, the mixture turned green and bubbled, becoming a unsafe toxic substance, Patterson says. Sodium hypochlorite cleaners are commonly used in restaurants, hospitals and other environments where workers use cleaning chemicals, he says.

The worker, whose name was not released, was rushed to Lahey Hospital, where he later died.

Ten others, including employees and customers, took themselves to the hospital with symptoms including difficulty breathing and eye irritation. Their condition was stable, he added.

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Two of the victims were customers and eight are employees.

A state hazmat team was also called to the scene.

Although the compound remains in widespread use, it is among the most unsafe compounds as it rapidly releases chlorine and can mix easily with other chemicals to create toxic fumes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident, he said.

The Naperville Police Department began an investigation after the restaurant received several threatening phone calls following that incident. Newsweek has contacted the department to provide an update.

The Buffalo Wild Wings company opted not to pursue charges against the callers.

A Buffalo Wild Wings statement says the company is "shocked and saddened" and working with the franchisee and authorities.

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