ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Seven people were hospitalized in Rogersville following a Monday morning traffic stop.
The chief of police in Rogersville said that officers confiscated a small amount of marijuana and a vape pipe during a traffic stop around 6 a.m. While confiscating that pipe to test it, liquid reportedly got on an officer’s hand.
Within a few minutes, that officer reportedly had a headache, blood-shot eyes, and his skin was red.
A paramedic who responded to the scene later became sick and was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital (ECM).
ECM then suggested that everyone who was exposed be checked out. The chief of police was notified that one of the firefighters began experiencing a nosebleed and a severe headache, while another firefighter became light-headed and dizzy.
Another employee of the police station also became sick.
The lobby of Rogersville Fire Department, Rogersville Town Hall, and the lobby of Killen Fire Department have all been closed. The chief said protocol was to shut down areas that may have been contaminated.
The vape pen has been taken in for further investigation by the state’s forensics department. Authorities believe it may have contained marijuana, along with another unknown substance.
The state lab reports that it contained THC and CBD oil. Officials do did not think it would be any threat to the public. They will run a final test in Birmingham and should know the final results Thursday.