Person hospitalized, others sickened after water tank at Rolls-Royce emits bad smell

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – One person was hospitalized and several others reported feeling sick after being subjected to a strong, bad odor when preparing to clean a tank at Rolls-Royce.

Decatur Fire Department spokesperson Megan Thiele says a tank at Rolls-Royce collects reverse osmosis rejected water. Crews were preparing to clean the tank, and when they removed the cover, the noticed a strong, bad smell.

Wind blew the bad smell into Rolls Royce and CloudBlue Technologies, the building next door. CloudBlue called 911.

About 100 Cloud Blue and 50 Rolls-Royce employees were evacuated, but they are now returning to work.

Nine CloudBlue employees said they felt sick, but no one ever vomited or had difficulty breathing. One of those people went to St. Francis to be checked out. Eight other people signed release forms, and they were not transported. Nobody from Rolls Royce complained of the smell or were overcome by it.

The Decatur Township Fire Department provided an air quality check, and the facility received an “all clear” signal from them. Employees were able to return to the building.

Rolls-Royce will close the tank and move it off site to be cleaned.

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