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Chatham Borough, Police, Fire Department, EMS Responds to "Agent Orange" Scare


CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Police Department, the Chatham Fire Department and the Chatham Emergency Squad all responded to a hazmat spill in the basement of a home on Clark Street Sunday.

At 4:17 p.m. on Feb. 7, police, fire and EMS personnel responded to the home, where it was originally believed by the homeowner to be a broken glass jar of “Agent Orange.” The substance has since been identified as Malathion and not Agent Orange. 

Malathion has a relatively low human toxicity and there was no risk to residents in the neighborhood. As a precaution, Morris County HazMat Team was dispatched to positively identify the substance and appropriately dispose of it.

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The CPD, CFD and CES remained on the scene until HazMat completed their work. There were no injuries associated with this incident. 

Report prepared by Kevin O'Shea of the Chatham Borough Police Department

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