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Punctured chemical container at Aerojet sends 7 to hospital

Seven people went to the hospital as a precaution after a chemical container was punctured on the Aerojet Rocketdyne campus in Rancho Cordova.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman Bryan Thomson said dispatchers received a call about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday concerning the incident.

Thomson said a release of “waste chemical” occurred during the movement of a container by a worker.

“Seven people were exposed, one directly, and six indirectly,” said Thomson. “There were no real symptoms, but they were all transported to area hospitals to be evaluated.”

The chemical has been cleaned up. He said the exposure occurred at Ampac Fine Chemicals (AFC) on the Aerojet property.

AFC’s website said the company makes bulk pharmaceutical chemicals at state-of-the-art facilities on a security-controlled site in Rancho Cordova. The site said that AFC was formerly known as Aerojet Fine Chemicals, a division of GenCorp, Inc.

In November, state labor safety officials investigated an explosion that rocked the Aerojet Rocketdyne campus, injuring two workers.