Suspicious Substance Causes Lockdown at California Hospital

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) -- A hospital emergency room in Southern California has been shut down after a patient reported feeling ill and dropped a substance on the floor.

Capt. Ian MacDonald of the Orange Fire Department says a police officer who responded to the scene Friday quickly felt ill, too.

Both the patient and the officer were isolated at St. Joseph's Hospital and decontaminated. The substance contained both solids and liquids and was placed in a third room.

Patients were allowed to stay in the emergency room, but the Fire Department shut off ventilation systems. Walk-in patients are still being accepted. Ambulances are being diverted to other facilities.

A hazardous materials crew is preparing to examine the substance.

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