Dozens hospitalized after chemical spill in Bohemia

BOHEMIA - Authorities say 54 people were hospitalized this afternoon after a chemical spill inside a commercial building in Bohemia.

Officials say it happened at C.W.G. Communications on Wilbur Place, a business that cleans and refurbishes cell phones.

According to police, it appears that the company switched to a new cleaning chemical without completely purging its systems from the old one, and when the two mixed, it caused a reaction.

Officials say the affected workers complained of dizziness, trouble breathing and gastrointestinal distress. Some of them even fainted and had to be revived with oxygen, while others vomited.

Dozens of ambulances and a school bus were called in to help transport the victims to three hospitals. Police say none of the people are believed to have life-threatening injuries.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday 1 3 injured in early morning Central Islip house fire
Dr. Melinda Edwards taught and inspired the students 2 Former students surprise Baldwin H.S. chorus teacher
Demonstrators sit on the ground along Pennsylvania Ave. 3 Thousands march across US to protest Trump climate policies
Tens of thousands of Long Island students are 4 Thousands of students to opt out of state testing
Trump's road to the White House, paved in 5 Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE