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Decontamination after mystery substance infects people

Section:  Dumfries and West

AN unknown substance contaminated a number of people and closed two areas of Dumfries last night.

A specialist decontamination squad with protective clothing and isolation equipment was mustered at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to treat people suffering after being in contact with a vehicle which had ‘blistered paintwork’ caused by the mystery substance, say sources.
Emergency services were called to the Loganbarns area of the town as well as Euroroute Recovery, Garroch Roundabout, with cordons put in place from around 9.50 pm until the areas were safe.
No details of the substance have been released.
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the cordons were lifted at 1.50 am and those affected were discharged from hospital this morning.
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