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State inspector visits Lawrence County after pesticide complaints

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Since September, 15 neighbors have submitted reports stating they’ve suffered everything from dizziness to coughing to bloody noses. (WSMV) Since September, 15 neighbors have submitted reports stating they’ve suffered everything from dizziness to coughing to bloody noses. (WSMV)
SUMMERTOWN, TN (WSMV) -

Less than a week after neighbors spoke to the News 4 I-Team about a mysterious material falling from the sky, a state inspector visited the rural community to see what could be found.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now investigating whether the pesticides were misused in the Summertown area.

As of last week, the state had received 26 complaints from the community. Neighbors claim a substance made them sick and killed at least 10 animals.

Residents allege their symptoms, which range from bloody noses to wheezing, can be traced back to a plane that treated nearby crops.

The I-Team traced that plane back to its owners who claimed they only spread untreated seeds, not pesticides, on the days in question.

The I-Team is waiting to hear what the state inspector found.

Last week, a spokesperson for the department of agriculture said the investigation will involve collecting samples from water and vegetation. The state will also ask the aerial company for a list of what they sprayed and when they sprayed it.

A list of potential pesticides sprayed by licensed companies is not information the state readily keeps on hand.

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