3 hospitalized after chemical exposure in Pomona

Barr Laboratories in Pomona had to be evacuated after a potentially deadly potassium cyanide accident. (7/9/14)

POMONA - Three scientists were involved in a dangerous hazmat incident at a pharmaceutical lab in Rockland Tuesday night.

A scientist at Barr Laboratories on Quaker Road in Pomona was mixing potassium cyanide, a potentially dangerous chemical, in a flask form when it boiled over and splattered onto his face and mouth. Two other scientists were also exposed.

All were rushed to Nyack Hospital and are in stable condition.

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The building, which has 300 employees, was evacuated.

First responders tell News 12 the potential health hazards could have been a lot worse. Deputy Fire Commissioner Chris Kear says that if the chemical were in a gaseous state, it would be an inhalation hazard. It was in a liquid state during the incident.

The hazmat cleanup continued into Wednesday. The incident is being investigated.

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