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Fire suppression randomly goes off at gas station, covers customers in white powder


Wheeler Cowperthwaite The Patriot Ledger

The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.

The fire suppression system at the Stop and Shop Gas Station at the corner of Southern Artery and Sea Street released a cloud of white powder, coating the station, cars and nearby streets with the fire suppression chemical, Thursday morning.

Want news like this sent straight to your inbox? Head over to PatriotLedger.com to sign up for alerts and make sure you never miss a thing. You pick the news you want, we deliver.In a social media post, the Quincy Police Department said three people were evaluated by medics after they had trouble breathing.

“No ladies and gentlemen, it didn’t snow in July!” police said on social media.

A picture from the police department shows thick white powder covering the ground at the gas station and coating cars parked on adjacent streets.

Stephanie LaForte said she was on her way to her photo studio when she saw what at first appeared to be a cloud of smoke over the gas station.

“As I got closer, I realized the ground and the cars surrounding the gas station, including the cop cars at the police station, were covered in white powder,” she said in an email.

LaForte took a series of photos of the scene, posted to Facebook, asking what was going on. In the photos, taken from a car approaching the gas station, the gas station appears cloaked in a thick, white smoke, which extends for a hundred feet into the air.


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