A bitter dispute turned hazardous during a fight between two women at a Wal-Mart store in Baltimore on Saturday. Bleach and disinfectant came flying off the shelf – and all about – as the women waged chemical warfare on one another, causing an official emergency hazmat situation. Fire, EMS and 10 medics were dispatched to the scene to assist several victims of the chemical melee overcome by the toxic vapors.
According to Baltimore Police, 33-year-old Theresa Monique Jefferson initiated the fight when she followed a woman (who has yet to be identified) into the Arbutus store just before 11am. Allegedly, the fight that began between the two once inside the store, resulted in Jefferson pouring bleach and Pine-Sol on the victim, the Catonsville Patch reports. Additional sources report that the women threw harsh chemicals at one another. Baltimore PD added that the victim’s boyfriend is Jefferson’s baby’s father.
Although the initial response from the Fire Dept. was for a reported eye-injury, the chemical incident quickly escalated into a full hazmat situation. The bleach and disinfectant thrown about by the feuding pair created toxic fumes, which were dispersed by the store’s ventilation system.
Nineteen people, including 3 Wal-Mart employees, have received treatment behind the bleach-hurling brawl, ABC reports. One individual received treatment for an eye injuring at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins and the Wal-Mart employees were treated for respiratory issues.
The chaotic event temporarily closed the Arbutus Wal-Mart for hazmat clean up which resumed operation around 1pm. The main culprit, Jefferson turned herself in to Baltimore police, and is now being held on $350,000 bail.