No danger for NASA workers after Ohio evacuation

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 4:30 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A NASA spokeswoman in Ohio says a substance that led to the evacuation of two buildings at a research facility in Cleveland turned out to be non-hazardous material.

Eight employees from the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland were taken to a hospital Wednesday after being exposed to the substance.

NASA spokeswoman Lori Rachul says the evacuations came after an employee complained about a skin irritation Wednesday after being exposed to a white substance in a drawer. NASA says the substance turned out to be a silica-based insulation material.

The research center that sits near Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport is named for Ohio space hero John Glenn.

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