On Tuesday August 4, 2015 at approximately 8:18pm, the Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Hopewell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Unit responded to UTC Aerospace, located at 330 Carter Road, for a fire alarm activation. Upon arrival officers were informed by employees that a toxic gas alarm had activated in the main lab area. The employees then activated the main fire alarm and exited the building.

Chief Joseph Novak of the Hopewell Fire Department arrived on scene and assumed incident command and requested the assistance of the Trenton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team. Upon their arrival, entry was made to the lab area and the cause of the toxic gas release alarm was determined to be a faulty detector. The Pennington First Aid Squad assisted the Hopewell Fire Department Emergency Medical Unit on scene.

No hazardous materials were released during the incident. There were no injuries reported.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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