Baking powder creates hazmat scare in Spokane Property Room

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 5:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- A hazmat team was called to check out the Spokane Property Room on Friday afternoon near Gardner and Adams.

Authorities called hazmat to investigate a white powder around 12:45 p.m. Officials later discovered that the white substance was baking powder that most likely fell from a backpack.

A portion of Gardner was closed to traffic near Adams Street during the investigation.

Officials said that calls about suspicious powders are treated very seriously by the Spokane Fire Department.

"We have to have between hazmat technicians and specialists, we have to have at least seven team members," said Mike Thompson of the Spokane Fire Department. "They take some time. There's a little more investigation before you act on it, figuring out the circumstances."

The fire department said they respond to hazmat calls every couple of days in July alone. They added that the searches spread the crews thin especially when fire dangers are high.

Spokane Fire said hazmat-type calls are a priority and anything suspicious should always be reported. They added that fire crews from all over the city come in to cover fire calls when the hazmat crews investigate hazmat cases.

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