MoE identifies chemical used in car-spraying incident

Jul 24 • Feature Story, Local NewsNo Comments on MoE identifies chemical used in car-spraying incident

A commuter captured this image of a crop-spraying helicopter working on a field Tuesday north of Chatham.

A commuter captured this image of a crop-spraying helicopter working on a field Tuesday north of Chatham.

The provincial Ministry of the Environment has identified the chemical that was sprayed on vehicles from a helicopter along Hwy. 40, north of Chatham Tuesday morning.

“Samples taken at the scene indicate the chemical was a fungicide known as Headline,” said Lee Bradshaw, an officer with the ministry’s Windsor office. “We’re still investigating to learn more about what happened and why.”

Bradshaw said her office was contacted by one of several motorists known to have noticed the white mist. Some had to turn on their windshield wipers.

Provincial regulations require a license for anyone spraying chemicals from a helicopter. Bradshaw advised anyone who has a health concern to contact medical professionals.

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