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Toxic scare forces evacuation of council meeting

Torrey Town Hall, the site of the toxic substance scare, as seen on Google Maps

TORREY — The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says the Torrey Town Hall had to be evacuated after a man created a “hazmat” situation by bringing a toxic substance to a town council meeting.

Thursday night, officials say the man entered the town council meeting with a substance believed to be some kind of pesticide. In a statement, Wayne County spokeswoman Kassidee Brown says the substance spilled at some point during the meeting, and a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy evacuated the building.

Everyone who was attending the town council meeting was decontaminated for possible exposure as a precaution. At least three people were taken to Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield for observation because they came into direct contact with the substance.

Brown says the man who brought the substance to the meeting was taken into custody after being decontaminated and taken to the hospital. He has only been identified as a town resident.

Hazmat crews checked his home for other possible hazards, which they did not find, and it “was cleared for crime scene processing,” Brown said in a statement.

Torrey Town Hall will remain closed until cleanup is finished and crews can determine that it is safe to be inside.