Foul odor forces evacuation of coroner's office

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Updated: 7/23 9:46 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The foul odor of a badly decomposed corpse forced the evacuation of the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau in Oakland.

The Oakland Tribune reports 15 employees complained of eye and throat irritation after someone opened a body bag containing the corpse on Wednesday. One person was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said the corpse belonged to a man in his 70s and was found on July 16 in his Berkeley garage in an advanced state of decomposition.

Oakland Fire Department officials say that when a deputy coroner picked up the body from a mortuary, it had been covered in a deodorizer known as Smelleze.

A Hazmat team took a sample of the powder and determined that it did not pose a health hazard.

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