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Powder found at Payless Shoe store deemed non-hazardous

By KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 12, 2011 at 8:11 p.m.


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MURRAY — Investigators say a powdery substance found in a box of socks at Fashion Place mall is not hazardous.

The investigation began after employees at a Payless Shoe store discovered the strange powder Tuesday afternoon and began exhibiting symptoms of illness.

Police say tests came back Tuesday evening showing the powder was non-hazardous, and they suspect it may have come from the packets manufacturers put inside shoe boxes to absorb moisture.

The manager and employee of the Payless Shoe Source described substance as a strange orange and yellow powder in a shipments of socks.

The manager said she could smell the powder and almost immediately began to itch. She took herself to a clinic for treatment, but when staff there learned what had happened they sent her to a hospital to be examined. Another employee went directly to the hospital.

Hazmat crews were sent to the store where four other employees were suspected to have come in contact with the substance.

Three of the employees were checked out at the scene. Of those, two sere sent to the hospital as a precaution.

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Story written with contributions from Sarah Dallof and the ksl.com news team.

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