Carbon monoxide sickens 68 Delaware prisoners

Dozens of inmates were sent to the hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning at Morris Community Corrections Center. (image via Google Earth)

Dozens of inmates were sent to the hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning at Morris Community Corrections Center. (image via Google Earth)

A boiler malfunction at the Morris Community Corrections Center in Dover caused an elevated level of carbon monoxide to send nearly 70 inmates and one worker to the hospital.

Several inmates displayed symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning on Tuesday, which led prison officials to investigate. They discovered a malfunctioning boiler in the facility that caused the illness.

Prison leaders say the boilers passed a state environmental inspection last August and weren’t due for a re-inspection until May 2017. It’s not clear what caused the boilers to malfunction, but they’ve since been shut down while a mechanical contractor assesses the problem and makes repairs.

While 68 offenders were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide exposure, only two offenders and one correctional officer were admitted for further observation and treatment.

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