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South Florida Walmart evacuated and six are hospitalized. Hazmat is investigating.

Hazmat scare leaves six hospitalized at a Walmart store

Six people were sent from a Lauderdale Lakes Walmart store to the hospital with respiratory issues. Cleaning chemicals were believed to be the source of complaints.
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Six people were sent from a Lauderdale Lakes Walmart store to the hospital with respiratory issues. Cleaning chemicals were believed to be the source of complaints.

Six people were sent from a Lauderdale Lakes Walmart store to the hospital Friday afternoon with respiratory issues, according to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue.

The people were inside the store when something made them sick. A hazmat team is currently investigating a “hazardous materials incident” at the Walmart on 3001 N. State Road 7.

The store was evacuated.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 said five of the people were store employees and the sixth was a customer.



This is a developing story.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.

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