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Hazmat, Police, EMS Respond to Carillon LifeCare

Lubbock firefighters were called to the Carillon Lifecare Community just before 1:45 Tuesday afternoon for the report of a mysterious white powder. <span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED</span> 3/18/14 5:45 pm&nbsp;
LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock firefighters were called to the Carillon Lifecare Community just before 1:45 Tuesday afternoon for the report of a mysterious white powder. The LFD hazmat team responded, along with police and EMS. The all-clear was sounded around 3:30 with no reports of injuries.

“We were able to ‘secure in place,’” Gilbert Carrasco, Executive Director, said. “No residents were involved in the procedures that were going on.”

“It was the staff members that acted really quickly and I’m very proud of that,” Carrasco said. He also thanked emergency responders for their quick response as well.

An employee dropped something heavy on an envelope in an office. It caused a mystery substance to be propelled from the envelope causing concern. Lubbock firefighters determined that the substance was part of the packing material of the envelope. Nevertheless, the appearance of white powder in an envelope is treated as anthrax as a precaution.

Approximately 25 – 30 employees and a delivery driver were put through a decontamination process as a precaution. Local hospitals prepared to take Carillon residents, but it was decided that was not necessary. One person was taken to a local hospital for a medical condition that was described as “not related” to the incident.

The bomb squad and bomb sniffing dogs were also dispatched to Carillon as a precaution. Field tests were conducted Tuesday on the scene. Officials said further testing would be done by the FBI.

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