Pack­age at IRS mail­room sick­ens 10

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A di­vi­sion of the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a sus­pi­cious mail­room pack­age sick­ened about 10 peo­ple at the sprawl­ing IRS build­ing in down­town Kansas City.

The Fed­eral Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices, which re­sponds to ter­ror­ism and crim­i­nal acts against U.S. gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture, opened the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter re­spond­ing to the IRS build­ing Fri­day morn­ing, Home­land Se­cu­rity spokesman Lucy Martinez said.

The build­ing was not evac­u­ated and re­turned to nor­mal busi­ness about two hours af­ter the in­ci­dent be­gan.

A haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als team took pos­ses­sion of the pack­age, Martinez said. Fur­ther de­tails about its con­tents haven’t been re­leased.

About 10 peo­ple re­ported feel­ing ill, with symp­toms that in­cluded nau­sea and sweat­ing, af­ter the pack­age ar­rived at the build­ing, said Kansas City Fire Depart­ment spokesman James Gar­rett. Two of those peo­ple were taken to nearby St. Luke’s Hos­pi­tal, where they were in good con­di­tion, spokesman Lau­rel Gif­ford said.

Gar­rett said the Fire Depart­ment checked the pack­age for gasses and fumes but didn’t find any­thing.

AP/The Kansas City Star/SHANE KEYSER

An am­bu­lance pulls away from the IRS build­ing in Kansas City, Mo., where peo­ple be­came ill Fri­day.

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