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All clear given after odor closes post office

Posted at 8:52 AM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 17:59:36-04

A hazmat situation at the Lewiston Post Office on South 8th Street sent seven to the hospital. All seven of those workers have since been released. 

Hazmat crews said an 'non-toxic irritant' was released into the air, but investigators are unsure where it came from. 

The building was immediately evacuated and the post office shutdown. All seven employees were taken to Mount Saint Mary's Hospital.

Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator in Lewiston, Jon Schultz, says the hazmat crew went inside to try and determine what caused the odor.

"The testing they're doing is taking in various monitors in with the entry teams," said Schultz. "What they are doing is checking for various levels of chemicals, any carbon monoxide, or any type of substance that might be in the air to determine what's going on within the facility."

A total of 16 people were inside the building when the odor became apparent. Everyone who has symptoms was in the back of the post office.