Hazmat Crew Called to Irvine Recycling Facility After Several Become Sick; 6 Hospitalized

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A hazardous materials crew was called to a recycling facility in Irvine Friday morning after several people began feeling sick.

The Waste Management facility on Construction Circle in Irvine is seen in this image from Google Maps.

The Waste Management facility on Construction Circle in Irvine is seen in this image from Google Maps.

A call came in about 8 a.m. after approximately seven people near a pile of trash inside the Waste Management facility in the 16100 block of Construction Circle started to feel sick, said Capt. Larry Kurtz with the Orange County Fire Authority.

The people affected showed signs of watery eyes, sore throat, coughing and sneezing, Kurtz said.

Six of the people were taken to local hospitals for treatment and one person declined to go, Kurtz said.

The entire facility was evacuated due to the incident, Kurtz said.

A hazmat crew was sent the scene but did not find any hazardous materials, according to a tweet from the Fire Authority.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this report. 

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