Costco in Hazlet, New Jersey closes after dozens of workers become sick from leaks


HAZLET – A Costco store remained closed Wednesday after a freon leak fueled the evacuation of about 20 workers who said they were feeling sick.

Before 7 a.m., the Costco location along Route 35 had reported the leak to Hazlet police as workers tried to ventilate the store and postpone the opening for the day.

About two and a half hours later, police received another call from the same Costco saying that about 20 employees reported headaches and nausea.

Members of the Hazlet Fire and First Aid Squad, along with the Monmouth County EMS Task Force and Monmouth County Hazmat Team, responded with 15 to 20 ambulances called to the scene as a precaution.

According to the police on the department’s Facebook page, the store should remain closed until further notice.

Different, unexpected conclusion

In a wholly unrelated incident, another Union County retail location was grappling with an unexpected shutdown.

A Walmart in Linden had a sign on its doors on Tuesday saying that the store was closed for “additional cleaning and storage” and that it would reopen at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

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