UPS center evacuated, 7 hospitalized after chemical leak

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New Hampshire firefighters say nitric acid leaked from a package at a UPS (UPS) distribution center, sending seven people to the hospital for minor respiratory problems and forcing the building to be evacuated.

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Firefighters and hazardous material crews responded Tuesday to the center after the leak was reported about 7 a.m.

Nashua Fire Recue Chief Steven Galipeau says the nitric acid, commonly used in the making of fertilizers, was leaking from a package. He told The Telegraph of Nashua "it's perfectly safe to ship. Accidents happen."

Workers later returned to the building.

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The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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