About 250 employees were evacuated and seven treated at the scene by ambulance crews in response to an unknown odor at an auto reconditioning facility at Manheim Auto Auction Friday morning, according to a written statement from the company.
"At this time, the building has been cleared by the Manheim Fire Department and Lancaster County HAZMAT, and we are working closely with local authorities to further investigate the situation," the statement released about 1 p.m. said. "Manheim is committed to protecting the safety of our team members, clients and guests.”
The company said six of the employees were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for observation, but did not release their names or conditions.
According to statements at the scene from Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department Police Chief David Steffen and Joey Hughes, general manager of the auction's Manheim location, employees reported smelling a foul odor and then some complained of headaches and nausea.
The department has issued several brief releases, saying the incident in Penn Township happened at 10:12 a.m. and "the initial survey of hazardous material has been concluded."
The latest release from police was titled "Hazardous Materials — Final Update" and came shortly after 1 p.m.
According to the release, the incident had concluded, with all public safety resources off the premises as of 12:26 p.m. and the campus "returned to normal operational conditions."
The source of the odor was never found and all testing came back normal, Manheim Fire Department posted on its Facebook page later in the day.
LNP records from 2016 show that the Manheim location is the world’s largest wholesale car-auction site, with 1,600 employees registering more than 10,000 vehicles for auction per week.