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UPDATED: Downtown Tacoma building evacuated after suspicious powder found

Post by Joyce Chen on Aug. 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm with 9 Comments »
August 4, 2010 5:49 pm

Tacoma firefighters are evacuating a Multi-Care building in downtown Tacoma after a suspicious powder was found.

Crews responded to 737 S. Fawcett Avenue around 3:35 p.m., according to scanner chatter. A HAZMAT team is investigating what the powder is.

The Multi-Care building is not a patient facility.

We’ll post updates as we learn more.

UPDATE: Tacoma police officers are on the scene, assisting with traffic control.

UPDATE 2: Tests of a powder found in a package at a Multi-Care building in downtown Tacoma have tested negative for dangerous chemicals.

Further tests will be done to confirm the initial finding.

Tacoma firefighters evacuated the finance building 737 S. Fawcett Ave. after the suspicious powder was found.

About 250 employees were in the building when the powder was discovered.

Many waited inside four air conditioned Pierce Transit buses while
a HAZMAT team determined what the substance is. Others lounged in
shade near the building.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    White powder at S 7th and Fawcett? Gee I wonder what it is?

  2. Whatever1214 says:

    Most any undocumented pharmacist hanging around the area could, if given a nose straw, provide a complete chemical analysis for free.

  3. InsideJob says:

    Oh for God’s sake, isn’t this being a little melodramatic?

  4. Alison7613 says:

    Check our blog about this story at: or something like that. Perhaps a / in the address. We are ground level reporters about to slam this city with some ground level news. McClatchy, you have the resources, but we have some gutspa! I had my editor’s camera and it ran out of batteries and no notebook to write down names. But McClatchy, despite our ongoing battle with poverty, we are stealthy citizens with good language skills on our way up the non-corporate ladder! Namaste!

  5. Alison7613 says:

    gonefishin, Rock on dude! The white powder is likely coming out of Harbor View Manor. Those elderly residents sport guns, some of them. Presumably to protect their stash (bear in mind this is complete speculation) LOL Alison Whiteman, freelance reporter, see my above post and check out our blog today and every day to come…..

  6. Go with god, Tacomagawker. It’s a lot harder than you think, but I hope you stick with it for a while.

    My husband spilled some Muscle Milk powder on the floor yesterday. Glad I realized what it was before I had to call in the Hazmat team. (Seriously, I think we have lost our common sense just a wee bit.)

  7. Paranoia depts love this…job security and great PR!! Like Hollywood!! Who’s the idiot who phoned it in?? Morons…dumber than dumb.. Maybe l Al Qaida planted it!! LOL

  8. JanieJones says:

    If it makes a difference to anyone, that building houses finance workers and not patients or patient care supplies. The powder was discovered in yesterday’s mail. Anybody remember the senators from what? 10 years ago now? It’s probably still prudent to take note of unidentified substances poofing up in someone’s face when they open the mail. If they had ignored it and it had been something hazardous and all these people were exposed to it and then went home and exposed their families you would all complain that they should have taken precautions and checked it out. Better safe than sorry!

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