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CHEMICAL IN MAIL SCARE.

A DAD who sent off his computer for repair was stunned to get a parcel of dangerous chemicals in return.

John McHugh, 40, shipped his PC using delivery firm Business Post after its screen became damaged.

Four weeks later a package arrived and his seven-year-old twin daughters Kate and Rachel opened it, thinking it was from a catalogue company.

But it held three tubes of the semi-conductor indium phosphide with a hazard data sheet warning it could cause skin irritation and blistering.

Mr McHugh, of Spennymoor, Co Durham, phoned the firm and was told the chemical was a fertiliser and safe.

But the maintenance fitter said: "I know that phosphides can be dangerous, especially when wet, and can give off gases which are harmful to health."

The firm apologised for the error and has asked him to return the package.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2003
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