Officials Probe Possible Cyanide Poisoning on L.I.

Man may have been exposed to the chemical while working at a jewelry shop

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Authorities on Long Island suspect a man who collapsed overnight while working at a jewelry business may have been exposed to cyanide.

Cyanide is commonly found in the jewelry industry, says Nassau County Fire Marshal spokesman Vincent McManus.     

Hazardous material crews were investigating Tuesday. McManus said that, as a precaution, a "very limited'' evacuation was ordered around the Manorhaven business. Some local roads were closed.    

The 51-year-old man was taken to St. Francis Hospital at about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday. Fire officials were contacted by the hospital and told the man may have been exposed to cyanide while working at a Manorhaven jewelry manufacturer and repair shop.     

His condition was not immediately known. 

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