January 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM
Hazmat response closes part of Seattle’s Westlake Avenue
UPDATE 5:25 P.M.| Seattle Fire found that the liquid inside the two gray 55-gallon barrels is non-hazardous.
Around 4:30 p.m. a hazmat team approached the barrels with the highest level of security, according to Deputy Chief James Woodbury.
“We always take these things seriously,” Woodbury said. “The hand-painted “danger” sign, especially piques your interest.”
At 5:20 p.m., traffic was still being diverted from the scene as Seattle Fire scaled down its containment zone and investigation.
EARLIER POST |
The Seattle Fire Department has shut down Westlake Avenue North at Highland Drive because of liquid leaking from two barrels labeled “danger.”
The barrels were in a locked, gated area when someone discovered the liquid and called in to report it.
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.
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