Man found dead in Chelsea parking lot; hazmat team responds

CHELSEA, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities say a hazmat team was called in after a man was found dead Thursday afternoon following an apparent drug overdose in Chelsea.

Police responded around 1:15 p.m. to Washington Street and found an unresponsive man inside a car in a parking lot.

Firefighters administered five doses of Narcan on the man, but it was not successful. He was taken a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Our Engine 2 administered the Narcan and Cataldo also did,” Deputy Chief Wayne Ulwick said.

A white powder was found in the car next to the man, prompting a hazmat situation, according to police. Crews worked diligently to determine if the powder was fentanyl. Samples have since been taken in for testing.

The scene was roped off with crime tape and the DEA assisted with the investigation. Crews were decontaminated, along with car, after the powder was collected.

“We try to take every precaution. We’ve had officers in the past get sick over it,” Ulwick said following the incident.

Police believe the man was in his 30s. His name has not been released.

No additional details were immediately available.

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