Chemist charged with taking cyanide, dumping in storm drain - News Summed Up

Chemist charged with taking cyanide, dumping in storm drain


WARRINGTON, Pa. — A chemist stole potassium cyanide from his workplace to use as pest control at home and poured it down a suburban Philadelphia storm drain when he learned there was an investigation, prosecutors said. Richard O’Rourke, 60, has been charged with risking a catastrophe, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering others. He’s accused of taking about a cup of potassium cyanide from the Merck & Co. facility in Montgomery County in December. The state Department of Environmental Protection began monitoring the water supply after determining there was a possible threat to drinking water. ——This story has been corrected to show the distance from Warrington to Philadelphia is about 30 miles, not 50 miles.


Source: National Post February 14, 2018 14:45 UTC


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