Antioch: Unknown Substance Released Inside JC Penny Results in HazMat Response


At 6:03 pm Tuesday, Contra Costa County Fire and Antioch Police responded to a report of a hazardous-materials incident inside the JC Penny Store in the 4900 block of Slatten Ranch Road in Antioch.

According to Contra Costa Fire PIO Steve Aubert, its believed that someone set off some pepper-spray which caused some inhalation hazard for at least two employees. One was immediate and one was minor in nature and both were transported to a local hospital.

The incident prompted Antioch Police to shut down the entire parking lot along with a fire response of both Contra Costa Fire and East Contra Costa Fire districts along with Contra Costa County Hazmat.

In total, 11 people were treated with 2 being transported by AMR to local hospital.

“The chief complaint was they had a coughing symptom that they could not get rid of. The store has been locked down and waiting on Contra Costa Hazmat to determine the substance so we can address the issue,” said Aubert.

JC Penny’s is anticipated to be closed for the night and no word when it will re-open

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