Broken Vial of Possible Poison Prompts Response in Virginia

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating after what is believed to be a vial of poison fell out of a car while officers were making an arrest.

Chesterfield County Police Spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon said the incident happened after officers pulled over the suspect of a domestic dispute on Monday.

While the officers struggled with the woman, what authorities believed was a glass vial of strychnine fell out of the car and broke on the ground.

Strychnine is typically used to kill rats.

Caroon said the vial’s labeling suggests that it dates back to the 1830s. She said investigators were unable to positively identify what was in the vial because it evaporated.

Emergency responders responded to clean those who may have come in contact with the substance but no one was hospitalized.

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