Employees transported from Miami-Dade detention center due to unknown substance

MIAMI – Guards were transported from the Miami-Dade County Pre-Trial Detention Center Wednesday, less than a day after guards and inmates were taken to a hospital after falling ill.

According to the Miami-Dade Corrections Deparrtment, several employees were taken for medical evaluation after an unknown substance was found inside the center.

The incident comes less than a day after seven people, including four inmates, were taken to the hospital Tuesday evening over similar circumstances.

In both cases, inhalation of the substance led to nausea and vomiting. 

"They quickly isolated that substance and those officers, and when the fire department arrived, we were able to transport them with non-life-threatening injuries," Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said. 

A source told Local 10 that whatever the substance is, it is getting into the jail on paper and inmates are finding a way to light the paper on fire.

All staff members of the Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department hospitalized Tuesday and Wednesday were released from the hospital.

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