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Hazardous Materials Force Evacuation Of Skowhegan New Balance Factory

Jay Field
Maine Public file
Joshua Goodridge puts the finishing touches on a pair of New Balance 998 sneakers in 2015.

The New Balance factory in Skowhegan has been evacuated due to a hazardous materials incident.

WABI-TV reports that five people have been transported to a hospital and a few dozen others are being medically evaluated on the scene.

It’s unclear what chemicals employees were exposed to, but symptoms reportedly include breathing difficulty and burning eyes.