Incident at Spokane mall - 37 treated at hostpitals after exposure to “chemical odor”

UPDATED 13 February 2007: The Northeast Intelligence Network continues to investigate this incident, including reports that the origin of the odor - or the dispersal of the “chemical fumes” was through the HVAC system at this mall. We will provide updates as our investigation continues.

We are also followiing the shooting at the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah last evening by an as-yet unidentified assailant killed five shoppers before being shot and killed by an off-duty law enforcement officer.

12 February 2007: Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated from the NorthTown Mall in Spokane, Washington yesterday afternoon and 37 were treated at two local hospitals after being exposed to an “unknown chemical odor.” Hazardous materials teams and other first responders were dispatched to the NorthTown Mall at approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday after noxious fumes of unknown origin sickened nearly 40 people inside. Victims complained about eye, nose and throat irritation, and were treated at two local hospitals. Officials are uncertain of the nature or origin of the chemical irritant at this time. Officials closed the mall to shoppers following the evacuation and an investigation of the incident is continuing.