INGLEWOOD (CBS) — A worker at a hazardous materials sorting facility in Inglewood had to be hospitalized Monday when a canister released an unknown material that had dozens of people complaining of eye irritation.

Firefighters were called to the facility at 425 Isis Avenue shortly before 2 p.m., according to Inspector Brian Riley of the county fire department.

A fire extinguisher reportedly fell on a military-type canister, releasing an unknown material.

The worker was hospitalized in unknown condition, Riley said.

About 27 other people in the immediate area were treated at the scene for complaints of nausea and eye irritation, he said.

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