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Apparent 'nerve agent' hoax probed

Emergency units respond after report that boy had contact with World War II weapon

October 18, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT Journal Staff Writer - By ADELLE WHITEFOOT, Journal Staff Writer , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - A telephone call made to poison control saying that a 13-year-old boy had been exposed to World War II-era nerve agents appears to be a hoax, Ishpeming Police Chief Dan Willey said late Thursday night.

The phone call was made around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The caller had asked what they should do and the poison control operator advised them to take the boy to the nearest hospital, which was Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, Willey said. After being informed of the incoming patient, Bell officials contacted Marquette County Rescue Unit 131, which is trained in decontamination procedures, he said.

"Bell had them on stand by because with the possibility that it was a nerve agent, the hospital couldn't risk the health of the other patients," Willey said.

According to Willey, after an hour of waiting no one showed up at Bell. The caller was then reached again and when asked where the boy was, the person said he had been dropped off at Marquette General Hospital, Willey said.

According to Willey, no one had been dropped off at MGH. The situation is currently considered a prank and the investigation is on going, he added. A complete story will appear in Friday's Mining Journal.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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