“Explosive Hazard” Dropped Off at Southern Oregon Sanitation Event

Officials say a 1lb container of toxic material was dropped off at Southern Oregon Sanitation this morning during the annual Hazardous Materials drop-off day.

The material was determined to be an explosive hazard. Grants Pass 911 Emergency Communications Center was contacted at 11:54 AM, dispatching Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Rural Metro Josephine County, and Grants Pass Police to the incident. On arrival, Grants Pass Fire Rescue Battalion Chief established command and began evacuations within 150′ in all directions assisted by staff members. Engine companies provided fire standby in the event of a fire.

Medford based Oregon State Fire Marshals HazMat Team 8 was consulted by phone to ensure the proper course of action was taken. The on-scene Hazardous Materials company was able to determine a plan to safely remove the materials without further assistance from Fire Rescue agencies.

No contact with state agencies was made as there was no release of the materials and it was contained and secured. Southern Oregon Sanitation will be closed for the remainder of the day while they work on isolating and packaging the materials for safe transport.

Grants Pass Fire Rescue reminds community members to always dispose of hazardous materials properly and ensure the right methods are used for that disposal.

Source: GPFR

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