Cops: 15 treated after dye pack goes off in bank

This photo shows a Google maps image of This photo shows a Google maps image of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union on South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage in September 2012. Photo Credit: Google

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Fifteen bank employees were treated for minor eye and breathing irritation, three of them at a hospital, after a money dye pack was accidentally discharged Wednesday morning inside a bank in Bethpage, Nassau County police said.

The incident occurred at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union branch on South Oyster Bay Road at 9:43 a.m., police said.

Police said a bank employee "accidentally discharged" the dye pack, a stack of cash commonly used by banks in an effort to trace money stolen during robberies. The packs discharge dye to potentially "mark" robbers with stain.

Police said 12 of the employees were treated at the scene, declining further medical aid.

Three of the employees were transported to Plainview Hospital for treatment.

Initial reports, according to police, were that only seven employees had been injured -- and that all had been treated at the scene, with none transported to hospitals for treatment.

 

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CORRECTION: An initial version of this story incorrectly stated where some patients were treated.

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