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Police officers, ambulance crew taken to hospital after toxic suicide

Twelve people were evacuated from a South End apartment building and four Boston police officers and an ambulance crew were taken to a hospital after a woman committed suicide Monday night inside an apartment by ingesting a toxic chemical, fire officials said.

Boston Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dunbar said at the hazmat scene that the woman ingested the chemical on the first floor of 676 Mass. Ave. at about 9 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

He said four police officers and the ambulance team of two EMS workers were being quarantined at BMC to determine whether they were affected by the substance.

Dunbar said a relative of the woman, whose name and age he did not know, reported that the victim told her she ingested a chemical and asked that her cats be taken care of.

The deputy fire chief said the victim appeared to be young, but he could not be more specific.

He said the woman is believed to have ingested sodium azide, a chemical used to make airbags. “But it can metabolize into some kind of cyanide,” Dunbar said, adding that the woman died about an hour or two after ingesting the substance.

He said at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday that crews were preparing to reenter the apartment building to see if it presented a safety risk, a process expected to take a few hours.

Dunbar also said the officers and EMS workers who were quarantined did not appear to be showing signs of being adversely affected by the chemical.


Added: Apr-10-2012 Occurred On: Apr-9-2012
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Tags: Suicide attempt, EMS, Police, Rescue workers, If you're going to kill yourself don't fucking do it this way
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States (load item map)
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  • Tough way to win a science fair...

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  • It seems like a pretty slow and painful way to go. I knew an actress who decided to drink acid to kill herself. She died from organ failure about six hours later. Wouldn't you rather make it quick and painless if you're going to off yourself?

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  • Sad and painful way to go =(

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  • There was a case similar to this in West Australia a few years ago. This guy ate some farm chemical which metabolises into something similar to phosgene (nerve) gas.

    When they discovered it we just left the guy in the ambulance in the hospital carpark for about 24 hrs. Evacuated the casualty department.

    After that they used total HAZMAT containment until they figured out what to do. Apparently it's not that long lasting and goes away once all the chemical has been affected.

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  • It's much easier, quicker and painless to gas yourself with Hydrogen Sulphide. Just mix a sulphide bearing compound (like Selsun Shampoo) with an acid like battery acid or hydrochloric acid. Then breathe deeply.

    People usually do this in a car for the confined space and leave signs up warning of the gas. It's really quick and totally lethal.

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    • @dmorgan0628 LOL
      Because we're good friends, I feel a duty to ask you...

      ...can I have your stuff?

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    • @dmorgan0628

      That's O.K. Take half a bottle of Scotch and two very vigorous young ladies and call me in the morning if stress persists.

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  • Awwwww, poor policemans!

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