Baltimore Area Walmart Shutdown After Bleach Fight

10/10/2021 08:56 PM ET

A Baltimore area Walmart has to be shut down so a hazmat team can be called in to clean up after a bleach fight between two customers broke out. Baltimore County Police responded to a call at about 10:48 a.m. Saturday and found two women fighting inside the store. They were throwing bleach and disinfectants at each other, officials said.

The store was evacuated and shutdown for 2 hours as the hazmat team cleaned up the chemicals. Fire officials say 19 people had to be taken to hospitals as a result of the bleach fight, although only one was thought to have serious injuries, which was potentially to the eye.

Three Walmart employees were being treated for respiratory problems, a Walmart spokeswoman told ABC News.

According to the Associated Press, Police had arrested Theresa Monique Jefferson, 33, after she turned herself in to authorities. The brawl was a result of an ongoing dispute between Jefferson and the victim because the victim's boyfriend is the father of Jefferson's child, according to the AP.

A Walmart Spokesman had said, "this is obviously not the type of behavior we would expect from people at our stores. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused to our customers."

For her part, Jefferson is reportedly being charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft under $100 and malicious destruction of property. She is being held on $350,000 bail.

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