Five officers taken to hospital after hazmat situation

Northwest Florida
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Five Pensacola Police officers were taken to the hospital this morning after being exposed to an unknown substance, original feared to be the highly dangerous drug fentanyl.

Authorities say officers stopped a stolen vehicle around 5 a.m. They found a white powdery substance. Officers took the substance to the police department like they usually would and the package opened.

Authorities say officers started to feel dizzy. The five officers were treated at Baptist Hospital. The Pensacola Police Department closed for three hours while the hazmat team checked the interior. 

The substance has been identified as Phenobarbital.

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