Greenville Lab Reopens After Haz-Mat Scare

Workers are now allowed back inside a Greenville medical business after a haz-mat team has determined it is safe.

An estimated 7 employees at Harris Histology Relief Services on Eastgate Drive began having burning throats and eyes this morning. Around 12 total work at the facility.

The business was evacuated after a package picked up that morning yielded a strong acidic smell once opened back at the lab.

The North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team arrived shortly after 2:00 p.m. About an hour later workers were allowed to return to the lab.

Greenville Fire-Rescue says air monitoring inside showed nothing unusual and the haz-mat team took part of the suspicious box to be tested.

Daniel Kavanaugh, director of the business says he picked up the package, which contained biopsy tissue. He said there was a yellow substance on the package, and at first he didn't think anything of it.

The director says the doctor who sent them the package told him it was sent without any problem.

The business is a histology lab that provides technical slide preparation for private practices, hospitals and research facilities.


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  • by fred Location: martin co on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    I need to call Hazmat,,I have yellow powder all over my truck,,and IM SNEEZING
  • by Sad on Mar 23, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    Only in Greenville would something like this bring excitement.
  • by Csi Location: Pitt on Mar 23, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    Ok do you work around chemicals so you couldn't tel pollen from yellow substance and the employees worked thier hours and they work in that lab all day with other chemicals and the labs ventalted or they wouldve had other problems before now
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      by okayheregoes on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:09 PM in reply to Csi
      Yes, CSI, I used to run a fricking lab. People can become sensitized to any chemical that they are exposed to on a daily basis. I honestly think it's mass hysteria. And even with ventilation, all it takes is the lid left off the glutaraldehyde or other chems even a smidge to stink up the whole place and irritate the eyes and throat. And to be honest, after working in Greenville, I have seen the level of 'carefulness' of some employees in the medical field. It's why I think as I do... I know. Period.
  • by Gomer on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Zee-Zam......that was a close one. Goooolee folks, the haz-mat and bomb sniffing squads got to have some way to stay trained.
  • by Doug Location: Pitt County on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Sounds like mass hysteria.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    It`s a top secret substance the gubment is using on us. It even made some people see a flaming ball falling from the sky last night.
  • by Jack Bauer Location: pitt county on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Uh oh people looks like we have an outbreak on our hands. anybody seen my bio suit?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Folks, it's probably Pine Pollen. We are having a real cloud of it today. It's affecting me and I don't even have allergies.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    Didn't something similar happen at another business last year or the year before? But yeah, my first thought was pollen also.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    Yeah, this kind of thing happened to the Louiville airport....a used pamper...another time...someones bag lunch. Hope that is what they find though!
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