The facility’s air quality was being tested, and two members of hospital staff who “came into contact with the substance” were placed under medical observation, according to a Facebook post from the facility.
It turns out the “unknown chemical odor” was urine. A spokesperson for the hospital told WTKR that the “pungent, overwhelming” stench was from a sample.
“We are looking into this matter, and we are concerned for our employees’ and veterans’ safety,” spokesperson John Rogers said.
The building was given an all-clear around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, and the building was scheduled to open again 7 a.m. Thursday.