Hazmat situation at Secaucus Kohl’s sends 1 to the hospital, 13 others treated


One individual was sent to the hospital and 13 others needed on-scene treatment after a hazmat situation broke out at the Secaucus Kohl’s around 9 p.m. last night.


The incident drew a response from the Secaucus Police and Fire Departments, the Secaucus Office of Emergency Management, the Jersey City Fire Department’s Hazmat Unit, Moonachie Emergency Services (including a hazmat tent) and ambulances from Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center.

Mayor Michael Gonnelli, who is also a volunteer for the town’s fire department, filled Hudson County View in on some of the particulars.

He explained that first responders immediately followed up on a call that individuals were being sickened by something in the cash register area of Kohl’s – a part of the Mill Creek Mall.

Overall, 14 people, including two employees, needed medical treatment for respiratory problems.

One individual was treated at the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center after suffering an asthma attack.

Gonnelli said this morning that the cause of the incident is still undetermined and remains under investigation.

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