Hazmat team called to St. Luke's after a patient brought in questionable liquids


    New Bedford Fire Department called a hazmat team in to St. Luke's Hospital after a homeless man brought in unknown liquid substances Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (WJAR)

    A hazmat team was called in to St. Luke's Hospital to identify questionable substances a patient brought in Saturday evening.

    New Bedford Fire Department responded to St. Luke's after they received a call from the hospital saying a homeless man came in under the influence and intoxicated with a bag full of unknown liquids.

    St. Luke's and the fire department could not identify the liquid substances. Therefore, the department called in a hazmat team to test the fluids.

    New Bedford fire told NBC 10 News that they questioned whether or not to close the hospital down because they were unsure if the liquids could be a risk to the hospital.

    After testing the bag filled with fluids, the hazmat team found them to not be dangerous and the hospital remained open.

    It is unclear at this time what the substances actually were.

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