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Dozens Of Hypodermic Needles Discovered At Abandoned Erie Gas Station

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A surprising discovery this week at an abandoned east-side gas station. Dozens of used hypodermic needles.
But thanks to a quick response, any potential threats are now gone.

It was a hazardous situation.
Erie code enforcement got a complaint that somebody dumped a bunch of hypodermic needles in open trash.

Dozens of hypodermic needles, some with caps, some without, were discovered dumped on the top of garbage receptacles.

They were discovered at the abandoned gas station at 12th and Parade in Erie.

Thing is, it's just blocks away from an elementary school, so children walked past them every day.

Code enforcement got the call and was shocked with the amount of used needles that they found.
Code Enforcement Manager Andy Zimmerman says they've never had a complaint call like this before.

So, their first move was to contact the owner of the gas station, but they now live in Florida.
So, code enforcement took the clean-up in to their own hands.

"Our first response is to the owner. We said 'Hey we have a situation here, you need to address this,'" said Zimmerman. "But they being in Florida makes it difficult. So, being that close to a school, we needed to address it, and our inspectors did address it," Zimmerman added.

Erie police also got involved. Code enforcement safely collected, then handed the needles over to police, a local hospital will dispose of them properly.

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