Hazmat situations at Arlington, Frederick hospitals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two hazmat situations were reported at hospitals this morning, one in Frederick, Maryland, and the other in Arlington, Virginia.

The situation in Arlington was given an all-clear around 10 a.m. after police investigated a suspicious package at Virginia Hospital Center.

The Frederick incident was cleared around 3:30 p.m.

Frederick Police said two men at a home on the 400 block of Military Rd., less than two miles from the hospital, found a package delivered to the home and opened it.

"They opened it up, began to feel, as their description was, a little different. Tingly, if you will. And at that point, they determined that it was in their best interest to come to the hospital to be checked out," said Frederick Police Lt. Clark Pennington.

Investigators said the men brought the package with them and it was determined that it had a substance on it that is a "common household chemical".

Both men were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police are investigating whether the men were intentionally exposed to the chemical.

"We’re going to do further interviews with them to try to determine if there is any criminality and also get more understanding of what they believe happened to them," said Pennington.

The package was sent to a laboratory for further testing.

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