Dozens In Queens Fall Ill From Mysterious Odor
By: NY1 News
More than two dozen people fell ill this afternoon, as a mysterious smell permeated a Queens neighborhood for a second day in a row.
Tenants of a Long Island City office building were evacuated twice yesterday because an odor was making people sick. Symptoms included eye watering, vomiting, dizziness, and respiratory ailments.
The smell returned again today, forcing a hazardous material team to return to the building and treat the victims.
Fifty-four people received medical treatment on the scene. No one was transported to the hospital.
"Our hazmat team metered the entire building inside and out and we found there were no serious fumes," said FDNY Chief Charles Lamberta. "The building's clear, but we treated the people for their symptoms, and everyone, I think, is returning to work."
Fire officials believe the odor is coming from an excavation site behind the building.