Substance thrown on woman at Scottsdale bus stop; hazmat crews respond

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Crews from several fire departments in the Valley worked a hazardous materials incident in Scottsdale late Thursday morning.

Fire and hazmat crews from Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix responded to a bus stop at McDowell and Hayden roads.

Scottsdale police Officer David Pubins said an occupant of a passing vehicle threw a gallon-sized plastic jug out of his window. The jug hit the ground, breaking open and causing the powder inside to get on a 20-year-old woman waiting for a bus.

The victim rode the bus to her workplace near 90th Street and Shea Boulevard. She then walked across the street to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center where she was treated for neck irritation.

The incident scene was secured and samples of the product were tested. Pubins said initial results showed no hazard existing, but the substance will be tested at the state lab for final analysis.

The workplace, bus and bus stop were examined and found to be safe.

The investigation into possible suspects is ongoing.