Toxic chemicals prompt evacuation in Redwood City

April 18, 2011 8:32:34 AM PDT
Residents of a Redwood City apartment building were evacuated Sunday night because of a chemical release related to an apparent suicide, police said.

Officers responded to an apartment building in the 1500 block of Regent Street at about 7 p.m. after receiving a report that a teenage boy had barricaded himself in a bathroom and was possibly committing suicide, police said.

Police broke down the bathroom door and found the boy deceased. Investigators discovered that the teen had prepared a toxic mix of chemicals, which he deliberately inhaled, police said.

A hazardous materials team responded and evacuated the building until the chemicals no longer posed a threat, and residents were then allowed to return home.

Two police officers, a sergeant, and several residents who were exposed to the chemicals were decontaminated and taken to a hospital for observation. They have all since been released.

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