Police, fire respond to hazmat situation at Federal Building
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TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - A scary scene outside Tucson's federal building, Tuesday afternoon, following reports of a hazmat situation.
According to police, a man walked into the federal building just before one, approached a federal officer and told him he had anthrax in his pocket.
Police and fire crews quickly arrived on scene, taping off the area. Hazmat crews checked a nearby bag and what appeared to be clothes. After several tests, fire officials say crews found nothing in the bag and deemed the area safe. No evacuations were made.
"Anytime you have a substance that's in question that could potentially harm people, then we always want to make sure that we do exactly what we're trained to do, slow and steady wins the race at that point in time. You don't want to get anybody hurt secondarily. So, again any sort of hazardous material scene, we're very methodical, very slow and we want to make sure that we identify the substance as quickly as possible," Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker told 9OYS.
Crews were on scene for about 40 minutes, according to Baker.
Police say the man at the center of the scare has been recommended for a mental evaluation.