Monday, March 01, 2010

Developing: Hazmat Situation At IRS Office In Ogden, Utah; Update: Not Hazardous

This is a developing situation, but screen grabs of video shot by a helicopter show at least two people were removed from the IRS offices in Ogden, Utah and decontamination underway as hazmat teams were going through the offices there.

No word on motive, findings, or any other injuries but for two people to be removed on stretchers suggests a more serious incident. With this incident coming a week after a disgruntled taxpayer crashed his plane into an IRS office in Austin, Texas, it could be an attempt at a copycat crime - building off the anti-tax movement.

Hopefully, whoever perpetrated this incident will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in short order.

The Salt Lake Tribune says that hazmat teams were called when a suspicious substance was discovered at the facility. MSNBC reports that it may have been found in the course of sorting mail.
The FBI released no information about the incident. The IRS said “an unknown substance” was discovered but gave no further details; local news reports suggested that a suspicious white powder may have been found in mail delivered to the facility.

Initial reports said the buiding was in Farr West, a small community near Ogden, but the IRS specified that the incident took place at the IRS campus on Rulon White Boulevard in Ogden, about 30 miles from Salt Lake City.
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The incident began about 12:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) Monday, 11 days after a Texas man embroiled in a years-long dispute with the IRS crashed his small plane into the agency’s complex in Austin, Texas.
It appears that the substance was not hazardous, but there were two medical emergencies - though it isn't clear that the two were related.

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