Hazmat Team responds to Suspicious Package Found in Federal Office Building


SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Fire Department hazardous materials team was on site at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle at around noon Wednesday.

There was a suspicious package delivered to the fourth floor of the building, and the SFD is sending the team to investigate.

First Avenue between Madison and Marion streets has been closed to accommodate the response teams, and will remain closed until the package is cleared.

Two people were exposed to the package, said fire department public information officer Kyle Moore. They have no symptoms of exposure to hazardous materials but they’ve been isolated in accordance with protocol.

Isolating and testing the package and its contents could take up to one to two hours, Moore said.

It’s unclear at the time the nature of the call, but at least one floor — the fourth floor — of the building at 909 First Ave. was evacuated as a precaution.

UPDATE: Moore said around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday that the street had been reopened and people were let back into the building. He said that hazmat team discovered that the package did not contain any hazardous material, but did include food of some kind.

In addition to the fire department, Seattle Police Department units and Federal Protective Services were at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

This story will be updated as more details become available.