Twelve people treated after canister incident in McDonalds

Tuesday 19th April 2016 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A canister released into a McDonald’s restaurant in Stafford left two people in hospital and ten others requiring treatment on scene by ambulance staff last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to McDonald’s on the Eccleshall Road in Stafford shortly before 8.45pm (Monday). A paramedic area support officer and three ambulances attended along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, ambulance staff found 12 people outside McDonald’s who had exited the restaurant after a canister had been released inside.

“The 12 patients, made up of staff and customers, were suffering varying degrees of respiratory and stomach irritation. Of the 12 patients assessed on scene by ambulance staff, two teenage girls needed further hospital treatment. A 17-year-old girl had severe respiratory irritation whilst an 18-year-old girl had severe abdominal pains. Both were taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital. The remaining 10 patients were discharged on scene.

“Due to the number of patients affected and the type of incident, it was a protracted case which saw ambulance staff on scene for around four hours.”



Notes to Editors: There are no more details regarding this incident. Please contact Staffordshire Police.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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