4 killed from pesticide poisoning at Texas: Officials

4 killed from pesticide poisoning at Texas: Officials

6:23 AM, 3rd January 2017
4 killed from pesticide poisoning at Texas: Officials
Four children died after someone at their home sprayed water on an applied pesticide, causing a reaction that resulted in toxic gas.

AMARILLO, US: Four children died after someone at their home sprayed water on an applied pesticide, causing a reaction that resulted in toxic gas, officials in Amarillo, Texas, said.

At least five other people were hospitalised in the incident.

Fire Captain Larry Davis said a family member used water to try to wash off the aluminium phosphide, which had been administered before. The incident preliminarily has been ruled an accidental poisoning.

There were 10 people inside the mobile home at the time of the incident, according to Davis.

It was unclear how long the home’s residents had been exposed to the poisonous gas.

The children ranged in age from 7 to 17, CNN affiliate KVII reported.

First responders went to the hospital for treatment of possible exposure. Several firefighters are being held for observation, according to KVII.

Aluminium phosphide is listed in the Toxicity Category I by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- the highest and most toxic category. Specifically, the EPA points to the "acute effects via the inhalation route."

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