NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities say a person possibly seeking to steal an air conditioner broke into a hospital’s nuclear medicine lab, triggering a hazmat response to a possible spill of a radioactive substance.
New Haven Assistant Fire Chief Mark Vendetto said Saturday there was no release of radio-isotope at the former St. Raphael’s Hospital, which is now part of Yale New Haven Hospital. Officials had said earlier some employees were exposed to radioactive material.
Authorities say a security worker reported a “compromised window” around 8 a.m. Fire officials say employees found that an air conditioning unit had been removed and the room ransacked.
The report led to a full hazmat response. Officials say about a dozen employees were screened for radioactive exposure.
Vendetto says there was no contamination.
A message was left at the hospital.
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