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Laguna Beach apartments evacuated after acid attack

June 3, 2011 |  8:40 pm

Five residents of a Laguna Beach apartment building were evacuated Friday after someone threw a foul-smelling acid through the window of one unit, police said.

The attack with butyric acid, which is a product of fermentation and found in butter and cheese, occurred about 2:45 a.m. at 429 Cypress Drive. Police suspect that the target was a couple in their 20s.

Officers and paramedics who responded to the incident suffered irritation from the acid, which has a powerful, unpleasant smell.

Authorities declared the building off-limits until it could be cleaned. Police said a hazardous materials team was summoned, but it was unclear when the building would be habitable again.

The incident remains under investigation. Authorities said they found a message in black spray paint on a garage door that read, "Stalk someone else."


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