BREWER, Maine — As the world watches Japanese officials struggle to stabilize nuclear power plants damaged by the major earthquake and tsunami last week, Californians are going online to order gas masks and chemical suits from Brewer, according to Maine Military Supply owner Frank Spizuoco.
“Hundreds of gas masks daily are going out the door,” he said Thursday. “It’s pretty crazy. It reminds me of the frenzy after 9-11.”
People in California are ordering gas masks and related gear, including chemical suits, jackets, gloves, pants and boots, Spizuoco said.
A good portion of the military supply store’s trade is done over the Internet, the owner of the Wilson Street business said.
“People are afraid of the [nuclear] reactors” and contaminants making their way to United States, Spizuoco said. “It started over the weekend.”
According to a May 2009 Bangor Daily News article, gas mask sales also spiked at Maine Military Supply during a swine flu scare that year.