Package at IRS mailroom sickens 10
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.
An ambulance pulls away from the IRS building in Kansas City, Mo., where people became ill Friday.