MANISTEE — Manistee Police and fire officials responded to reports of a body at First Street Beach on Sunday.

Officers found the body of a 27-year-old Mancelona male on the beach. Michigan State Police, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Police Department and the Manistee County Sheriff's Department assisted with the investigation.

Hazardous chemicals were located at the scene, according to Manistee Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tim Kozal.

The substance that was located in the 27-year old’s vehicle was sodium azide, which, when mixed with water releases a toxic gas that can be lethal. Consuming the mixture can also be toxic and lethal as well. The substance was secured by an industrial disposal company.

At this time there is no threat to the public. The sodium azide was contained in a vehicle.

As a precaution, the responders were decontaminated and evaluated at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital.

One officer was admitted overnight as a precautionary measure. All other individuals were released Sunday evening.

Members of the Grand Traverse County hazardous materials team and industrial environmental services experts have assessed all sites and belongings that may have been exposed to the chemicals and have performed any necessary cleaning or disposal.

There is no threat of harm to the public.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Manistee City Police Department at (231) 723-2533.

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