WBEZ | woodridge http://www.wbez.org/tags/woodridge Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Condos evacuated after police find toxic chemical http://www.wbez.org/news/condos-evacuated-after-police-find-toxic-chemical-105148 <p><p>WOODRIDGE, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; Police called to make a well-being check in suburban Chicago discovered a small amount of what they believe to be of the toxic chemical potassium cyanide inside the man&#39;s apartment.</p><p>Authorities evacuated nearby residents for about three hours Thursday while the chemical was removed.</p><p>The Woodridge Police Department says no one was hurt, but the resident who possessed the chemical was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation.</p><p>Police said Friday the man illegally obtained the chemical from his employer. It was in a crystalized form and will be tested to confirm it is potassium cyanide.</p><p>Potassium cyanide can release a highly toxic gas that interferes with breathing and can be deadly. It&#39;s used in fumigation, extracting gold and silver from rocks and in electroplating.</p><p>Police are investigating the incident.</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/condos-evacuated-after-police-find-toxic-chemical-105148