Update: Substance found at Homeland Security Office tested negative for all bio-hazards
POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 9:13am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — UPDATE: Armando Saldivar, the spokesman for El Paso County Health Department says that the tests for all biohazards came up negative and posed no threat to the public.
EARLIER: [Friday, June 13, 2014]
Crews with the El Paso Fire Department are on the scene of a possible hazmat situation at the Homeland Security Office located in the 4100 block of Pinnacle.
The Hazmat Task Force has made entry into the building after a partial evacuation. EPFD says that four people may have been exposed to the substance, which is only described as a 'white powder' by the El Paso County Health Department spokesperson on the scene. The hazmat team was able to make entry into the building just after 2 p.m.
Crews worked to decontaminate seven people who were exposed to the substance, none of those seven people wished to go to the hospital at the scene.
The spokesperson with the El Paso Health Department says that they will test the mysterious white substance in a lab and will be able to determine what it was within the next 12 hours. There was not enough white substance at the scene to test immediately.