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Mohave officials: Easter eggs dropped by crop duster may be contaminated

Mohave County health officials are warning parents that Easter eggs dropped by a crop duster on March 24 may have been contaminated with herbicide. (Stock photo)

Mohave County health officials are warning parents that Easter eggs dropped by a crop duster on March 24 may have been contaminated with herbicide. (Stock photo)

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Mohave Valley Fire Department warning

The Mohave Valley Fire Department warned residents that plastic eggs dropped from a plane for an Easter egg hunt may have been contaminated with herbicide.

The fire department said in a Facebook post it was warned by Mohave County Emergency Management that eggs dropped from a crop duster over Mohave Valley Community Park on Saturday, March 24 might have come into contact with agricultural chemicals because the plane’s tank hadn’t been rinsed out.

The fire department told residents not to eat the candy in the eggs, to wash their hands thoroughly and discard all remaining eggs.

Health officials later reported that the aircraft had been scrubbed several times, but still warned participants at the egg drop not to eat the eggs or candy.

In the warning health officials said, “While no illnesses have been reported associated with this event … The eggs and candy should be disposed of properly in a trash container to avoid any further contact.”

An estimated 30,000 Easter eggs were reportedly dropped at the annual event, called the Eggstravaganza.

Mohave Valley, Arizona is located west of Prescott near the California border.