Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Nine homes in east Hutchinson were evacuated as authorities investigated a chemical threat inside another home.
Crews were called to the scene in the 1400 block of E. 3rd Ave. around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Hutch Post reports a man with a mental problem may have mixed several chemicals together inside the home.
Police decided to search his home after the man was arrested for stolen property out of Wichita. The man told authorities about the chemical mixture, as well as a possible explosive device, inside his home.
A bomb squad that included robots went inside the residence to search for a possible bomb. After four hours of searching the home and an outside shed, they determined there were no explosive devices.
Investigators said the man mixed muriatic acid and bleach together creating a cloud of chlorine gas. The Hutchinson Fire department's hazardous materials unit neutralized the chemicals inside the house.
The man was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for observation.
Officials blocked an area just east of K-61 and 3rd Avenue to Hoagland and Porter as a precaution.