Source of hazardous release at Santa Teresa remains unknown

Posted at: 11/12/2012 7:39 AM
Updated at: 11/12/2012 7:41 AM
By: The Associated Press

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say the origin of a substance that led to the evacuation of an industrial park near the New Mexico-Texas state line and sickened about 200 people remains unknown.

Capt. Rich Libicer of the New Mexico State Police tells the Las Cruces Sun-News that investigators are trying to pinpoint a possible location for where the substance may have come from at the complex of factories and warehouses in Santa Teresa, near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

A 1-mile area surrounding the Dona Ana Industrial Park was evacuated on Oct. 29.

People in the complex complained of difficulty breathing, light-headedness, nausea and dizziness.

Some reported a burning sensation on their skin, but no serious injuries were reported.

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