Los Alamos Fire Department HazMat Team members examine a packet received by a local business owner Thursday afternoon. Photo Courtesy LAFD
Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel wind down at the scene of Thursday’s incident where they responded to a suspicious packet call on Trinity Drive. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
A suspicious packet received by a business office at Trinity Professional Plaza, 3500 Trinity Drive Tuesday afternoon resulted in the Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad and Los Alamos Fire Department HazMat Team being deployed to the scene.
According to the bomb squad/LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, it turned out white powder contained in the packet was nothing for the bomb squad to be concerned about and the Hazmat team took over. After the HazMat team checked the powder to see if it was safe to transport, two occupants of the office who were isolated were checked by LAFD. Ballew declined to confirm what the white powder was.
LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Reporter it was determined that it was not a HazMat situation but rather a potential criminal situation. He said LAFD is assisting LAPD with the investigation.
LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris thanked the other occupants of other businesses in the complex for their cooperation and understanding during the incident.
Los Alamos Fire Department’s HAZMAT 1 truck at Trinity Professional Plaza Thursday afternoon. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
Los Alamos Fire Department HazMat Team members at the Trinity Professional Plaza Thursday afternoon. Photo Courtesy LAFD