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BSO dispatch center in Sunrise evacuated because of strange odor

Authorities say several dispatchers reported feeling ill

SUNRISE, Fla. – A Broward Sheriff's Office dispatch center in Sunrise was evacuated Wednesday morning because of a strange odor.

Sky 10 was above the scene of the BSO regional communications center.

Sunrise police said several dispatchers started feeling ill, prompting the evacuation.

Some of the dispatchers were taken to an area hospital to be evaluated. Six were treated at the scene.

The dispatch center fields 911 and non-emergency service calls for Broward County.

Calls from the dispatch center were being transferred to other centers in Coconut Creek and Pembroke Pines during the incident.

Firefighters believe the strange smell might have been caused by a plumbing issue inside a set of bathrooms near the call center.

The all clear was given less than an hour after the strange odor was reported and workers have since been allowed back inside.


About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.