Oct 20, 2012
Bank tellers began experiencing hives, rashes, blisters, high fevers, breathing difficulties and severe itching after exposure to the toxic cash before bank management called 911.
Hazardous material crews from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority immediately responded to the Chase Bank branch and set up makeshift decontamination showers in the parking lot.
Many bank employees were rinsed off and decontaminated by emergency responders, some clothed and some stripped, with six workers remaining so ill that they required emergency hospitalization.
Firefighters wearing protective hazmat suits examined the entire bank with specialized equipment, testing for gases, radiation and hazardous chemicals.
Hazmat monitors detected the presence of a toxic substance, so a criminal investigation is underway in the Central Valley.
Further biohazard lab testing is being conducted by authorities.
After a manhunt, Modesto Police officers have located the man suspected of deposited the toxic money at a house in the Modesto metro area.
Chase Bank tellers told investigators they distinctly remembered the man not wanting to touch the toxic cash he was depositing.
Watch the following raw video from the hazardous emergency scene.
Hazmat at Chase Bank Modesto