Noxious odor at Logan turns out to be mice repellent

A bag emitting a noxious odor that sickened a number of workers in a bag room at Logan International Airport this morning turned out to contain a common household chemical used to repel mice, State Police said.

A couple had placed camphor in their bags “to ward off mice,” State Police said in a statement.

Officials disposed of the chemical and the room was aired out; the couple continued on their overseas trip; and the bag was allowed on board their plane, State Police said late this morning.


Fifteen Transportation Safety Administration workers complained of headaches and eye and throat irritation at 8 a.m after the bag was opened in a baggage room in Terminal A.

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Four people requested to be sent to the hospital for evaluation, airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said. The four workers were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where they are in good condition, a hospital spokesman said.

State troopers, a bomb-sniffing dog, the Massport Fire Department, and TSA security personnel responded to the incident, State Police said.

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