Hazmat responds to Mooresville Japanese restaurant

A Japanese restaurant in Mooresville has been cleared by the local health department to reopen after a hazmat team and emergency services were called Friday night.

Mooresville Fire and Rescue was called to Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Express on Y East Plaza Drive at 6:27 p.m., officials said, after people inside the restaurant called about an unknown irritant causing slight respiratory problems.

Mooresville Police, Iredell EMS, Iredell County Emergency Management and the Iredell County Health Department were also called.

The building was evacuated by first responders after several customers and employees complained of slight respiratory irritation.

Hazmat members entered the restaurant and found all readings were normal and no hazardous conditions were found, officials said. Hazmat deemed the scene was clear and turned it over to the health department, which also said it was clear to reopen for normal business.

Officials were at the restaurant more than two hours and said five people were transported for treatment at Lake Norman Hospital, mainly for observation.

While the cause of the irritation is unknown, officials said people “can feel confident they can go back and patronize the restaurant.”