Delmar home that housed chemicals sees hazmat crews return

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Updated: 8/15 10:56 pm

DELMAR, N.Y. – A suspicious vial was found by family members at a Delmar home.

Police said family of the 18 Paxwood Rd. homeowner was cleaning out the basement around 3:30 p.m. Friday when they discovered a small vial with a suspicious label wrapped in a towel and stuffed into an envelope.

The family called authorities who secured the area, and the vial was secured and removed by state police.

Dr. Hotchin lived in the home but passed away in early August. His family was cleaning out the residence on August 8 when they discovered chemical materials.

Police blocked off the neighborhood and removed the chemicals for testing as Hotchin worked closely with infectious diseases. The Department of Health deemed all those materials as non-hazardous.

State Police couldn’t say what the label on the vial said because of conflicting information, but the label was alarming enough to prompt safety precautions.

“However, the accuracy of the label, there is some question as to what it was,” Lt. Richard Anguish with the New York State Police said. “But because of the label on the vial, all precautions were utilized to make sure the scene was secured.”

Police said the area is safe, and nearby neighbors should not be concerned. Officials swept the entire house to make sure there were no more chemicals inside.

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