By frhayes | September 30, 2008
On Monday, September 29th at 4:55 P.M. the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) received a call of a suspicious package that contained a white “powdery” substance, mailed from an International address, and then delivered to a residence in the 5200 block of Locust Ave.
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) arrived on scene first and set up a perimeter, with an evacuation of a one-block area. Once the LBFD arrived on scene they moved the family members away from the area of involvement for medical evaluation. No symptoms presented themselves and currently no individuals are seeking any medical treatment.
The LBFD Hazardous Materials team backed up by LA County Fire made an entrance into the area where the powdery substance was found to be in a book, that the back cover had been ripped out, and then replaced with the powder. A 5-gas monitor was used to check for any threats from the powder, based on this testing no hazard was found to be present.
The Long Beach Health Department is in possession of the powder and will conduct further testing at a lab facility to determine if there are any spore’s present, or any other associated hazards. The LBPD is currently cooperating with State and Federal agencies during the investigative process.
A full alarm responded to this incident, including Haz Mat 24, and LA County 105 with a Battalion Chief, who assisted with the operation.
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