Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service went to an incident at Queen’s Hospital and Hobbycraft, Burton-on-Trent yesterday.
Two fire engines from Longton and one from Burton attended, after four Hobbycraft employees went to the hospital's A&E department after coming into contact with the substance.
The powder was later identified as Napthalene, which is a low risk product, and used to fumigate products shipped from abroad.
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A19-year-old man has been arrested and a motorcycle has been seized in connection with the incident.