Four children dead after pesticide poisoning in Texas

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By Nick Cardona, Buzz60

Four children are dead after what appears to be an accidental poisoning inTexas.

Fire officials in Amarillo say the children died after someone at their mobile home tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under the home.

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It seems the water mixed with the pesticide, aluminum phosphide, caused a reaction that produced a toxic gas.

Five others were in the house at the time, and they were taken to the hospital.

According to a local station, several first responders also needed to be checked out at the hospital.

Aluminum phosphide is a chemical that is used to kill insects and rodents. The EPA lists the chemical in the highest Toxicity Category.

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