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. . I wanna find some stuff in history when things blow up in peoples faces.
April 21, 1994
Woman Buried, Mystery Lingers In Emergency Room Fumes Case
Gloria Ramirez was buried today, surrounded by friends, family and the camera crews who have become an ever present reminder of the strange and still unexplained circumstances of her death.
It has been two months since Ms. Ramirez, 31, died on an emergency room gurney, while fumes, emanating perhaps from her body or blood samples, felled six emergency room workers. Ms. Ramirez, who had recently been diagnosed as having cervical cancer, was taken to Riverside General Hospital complaining of chest pains.
Dr. Bradley Gilbert, the Riverside County Public Health Officer who released Ms. Ramirez's body to her family, said two autopsies by the county coroner had produced no clues. "The tests did find chemicals," Dr. Gilbert said about one battery of air samples taken near the body. "But those chemicals would occur if they did air testing from any area."
Tom DeSantis, the county's spokesman, added, "There is a chance that the mystery may remain a mystery."
Medical officials have speculated that Ms. Ramirez may have ingested pesticides before her death, but her family has firmly denied that.
Even if pesticides were not found in the body, Tom Sneath, head of toxicology at National Laboratories Inc., a Bakersfield forensic testing firm, said these substances might have been present at first.
"Over time, some types of pesticides can be degraded by the enzymes in the body and may not be there in the same quantity as they would be if sampled fresh," he said.
Tom Sneath, head of toxicology at National Laboratories Inc., a Bakersfield forensic testing firm, said these substances might have been present at first. "Over time, some types of pesticides can be degraded by the enzymes in the body and may not be there in the same quantity as they would be if sampled fresh," he said.
It looks to me that chemotherapy fumes were what caused the problem, and so far I have seen nothing on that one.
The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood or The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, or the "Molasses Spill" occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. A large molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and residents claim that on hot summer days the area still smells of molasses.