"Hazardous Release In NM Sickens 200 Near El Paso"

"SANTA TERESA, N.M. -- An unknown hazardous material sickened about 200 people Tuesday just northwest of El Paso, Texas, as some workers in the industrial area where the substance released described feeling a burning sensation on their skin, according to New Mexico authorities."

"A 1-mile area surrounding the Dona Ana County Industrial Park and Mexico border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated for a few hours and the county airport was closed. Workers a few miles away said they could smell something in the air.

'I got there after they barricaded the road. When I rolled down the window, I started feeling irritation on my skin,' said Gerardo Gomez, who was on his way to work. 'It felt like when you get chile on your skin.'

By Tuesday afternoon, only the industrial park remained off-limits as hazmat crews took samples to determine what made the people sick. No serious injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized."

Juan Carlos Llorca reports for the Associated Press October 30, 2012.
 

Source: AP, 10/31/2012