Unknown Chemical used in Attack in Rochester...few details available.
All the media outlets in Rochester, NY are running a story about an assault involving an unknown chemical. One group, armed with baseball bats, confronted another group and then threw some type oc chemical on them. The injuries are reported as minor and the victims include at least one woman and an infant.
This type of attack is becoming more common. There have been several instances of chemical splash attacks and use of homemade chemical bombs in public assaults.
See Homemade Chemical Bombs in Mitigation Journal August 15, 2006
Points to consider:
It CAN happen here
Decontamination MUST take place prior to transport
EMS must be aware of the potential chemicals and resultant injuries
We'll have more details as they become available.