Dona Ana industrial park reopens after 200 sickened; no hazardous materials found

Posted at: 10/31/2012 7:44 AM
By: JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - An industrial park near the New Mexico-Texas border has reopened a day after about 200 people were sickened by an unknown substance.

Authorities say the complex of factories and warehouses in Santa Teresa, was reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday after testing for hazardous materials came up empty.

The Dona Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa also reopened. Santa Teresa is just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

People in the complex began complaining of difficulty breathing, light-headedness, nausea and dizziness about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Some reported a burning sensation on their skin. County emergency officials say no serious injuries were reported.

An investigation initially centered at the FoamEx plant on the industrial park campus but was expanded to other areas in the park.

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