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Chaos Erupts After Unexplained “Mystery Fumes” Send Over 50 to Hospital

mysteryfumes2Residents and postal workers in Kingston, Jamaica were sent into a wild panic on Thursday night as they fled “mystery fumes” that knocked dozens of people unconscious and sent even more to the hospital.

Those in the vicinity of the Central Sorting Office on South Camp Road first knew something was awry on Thursday morning when multiple individuals began finding it hard to breathe. By that evening, full scale chaos had erupted as medical professionals struggled to evacuate the sick and the unconscious out of the area.

“The report that we received is that at about 10:00 am workers raised an alarm after several of their colleagues started to complain that they were having difficulty breathing,” Post Master General Michael Gentles told The Jamaica Observer.

According to police, it took ambulance drivers over six trips just to get all of the sick to the hospital. Those who were still conscious told paramedics that they were suffering from dizziness and respiratory problems.

Although normal activities have resumed in the schools surrounding the Sorting Office, access to the building remains extremely limited, as officials have made little progress in solving the mystery.

“I have spoken to the post master general and I have spoken to my team on the ground but they have not been able to ascertain the source of the fumes,” said Peter Knight, chief executive officer of NEPA.

A month ago, similar incidents occurred in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, shutting down an entire Wal-Mart and closing a middle school respectively. Interestingly enough, these events all share a few common traits: they occurred in heavily trafficked areas, caused symptoms of “dizziness” and respiratory issues, caused no casualties, and each of them remains unsolved. Could these bizarre, unsolved cases of “mystery fumes” be somehow related to one another?


So what do you think? Could these events be related to the testing of some new non-lethal weapon? Or are they just a bunch of gas leaks that got way too much attention? Are there any stories of “mystery illnesses” that we’ve missed? We want to know! Tweet us @WhoForted or swing by our official Facebook page and give us the scoop!

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Senior Editor at Who Forted
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and mystery monger, Greg is the senior editor for Who Forted? 'Zine. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Planet Weird. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
Greg Newkirk
Greg Newkirk

5 Comments

  1. 3amfright

    03/02/2013 at 12:03 PM

    Either this is a neurotoxin being released in public places for testing or there are natural vents opening up exposing an unknown set of fumes from within the earth.

  2. Jason

    03/02/2013 at 5:28 PM

    Just thought you should know that Doubtful News is ripping you off without credit. Not the first time I’ve noticed. They seem to post some of your weirder stories a matter of hours after you do on regular basis.

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  4. Haney

    12/12/2013 at 10:51 PM

    This happened in my home town today. So strange. http://m.myfoxal.com/#!/newsDetail/24205586

  5. John

    12/13/2013 at 1:43 PM

    Similar incident in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. About 18 students and 1 teacher reported breathing problems in middle school. All taken to hospital. Tests conclude no gas leaks in school. More tests continue.

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