Employees hospitalized after chemical spill at Willy Wonka Candy Factory

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ITASCA, Ill. -- A dozen workers were hospitalized after a Hazmat situation at the Willy Wonka Candy Factory in Itasca.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday at the candy factory located at 1445 Norwood Ave.

A Hazmet crew spent much of the early morning at the scene cleaning up the five gallons of lithium fluoride that spilled at the plant. Lithium fluoride is used within the ventilation system of many industrial buildings and is not used in any candy products.

When fire officials arrived, the candy factory has already been evacuated.

Seventeen employees complained of respiratory issues. Six refused treatment. Eleven employees were taken to area hospitals. A hospital official said someone also got themselves to a hospital for treatment.

After being treated at the hospital, all of the employees were released and sent home to recuperate.

The situation was secured at 4 a.m. and employees were allowed back inside.

Production at the factory, which is owned by Nestle, resumed Friday afternoon.