BR: Bank shut down as Hazmat investigates sick employees

UPDATE: Officials are clearing the buildings and allowing patrons back in. The three people who went for medical treatment on their own have been released and cleared.

Samples have been sent to laboratory for further testing. BRFD did not pick up anything with their equipment. The FBI is handling that further testing.

ORIGINAL: The Investar Bank on Coursey Blvd. is shut down after three employees got sick and had to be taken to area hospitals.

Officials say someone dropped off religious flyers over the weekend in the night drop of the bank.

Monday morning, as employees got to work and started handling what they assumed were night drops, they started feeling ill.

Three employees were taken to area hospitals and the bank is now shut down as officials try to figure out what was on the cards.

Baton Rouge Fire Dept’s Hazmat is on the scene as well as several agencies. It’s why the bank is shut down now as well as Chimes restaurant, Re-Bath and several area businesses. As of now, officials believe six businesses in total received the same flyers.

It’s unclear at this time who officials are looking for as a suspect.

The public is asked to avoid the area of the bank on 10922 Coursey Blvd.

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