Store Evacuated after Bleach Fight at Maryland Wal-Mart

By Peter DePaolis

Maryland authorities called in a hazardous materials team to an Arbutus Wal-Mart after two employees got into a fight and threw chemical bleach at each other inside the store. Rescue personnel had to evacuate the store for two hours after the incident earlier this month, according to a report at

Rescue personnel transported 19 people to area hospitals after the bleach fight. One person suffered an eye injury and went to the Wilmer Eye Institute. According to the report, police arrested one person in the incident and authorities may file charges. For its part, Wal-Mart released a statement apologizing to the injured customers and said it is not behavior typical of its employees.

Bleach injuries can be serious. Bleach is a corrosive substance that can destroy human body tissue, and contact with the eyes can cause temporary and permanent blindness. If you get bleach in your eyes, you should immediately flush your eyes with water. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before washing out your eyes. Continue to wash your eyes for 15 minutes and contact emergency services.

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Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.