Dangerous hogweed plant that causes blindness found in Michigan

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PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP,  Mich. - The Calhoun County Health Department is issuing a warning about a dangerous plant.

The hogweed, a member of the carrot family, releases a hazardous sap.

If you touch the sap it can permanently damage your skin,  making it break out with severe blisters and scars.

The sap can even cause permanent blindness if it gets into your eyes.

The giant plant was spotted by the health department and removed.

Officials in the county are worried that the plant is growing in the wild.

They will monitor the area over the next few years to keep hogweed from growing.

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