A HAZMAT incident is underway at the Reflections Building in Langford after police say white powder was found inside a threatening letter sent to a law firm.
B.C. Ambulance, along with police, fire and a HAZMAT team are on scene and a decontamination tent has been set up in front of Hemminger Law Group’s office, located in the 2700-block of Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Staff from Hemminger Law Group would not comment on the situation but police say five people have been decontaminated and taken to hospital for further examination. The law office has been evacuated.
“We had a call from the law firm saying they received a threatening letter and inside was some white powder,” said Cst. Sean Van Londersele of the West Shore RCMP. “Taking all safety precautions, we decided to treat it as a dangerous situation and have them all quarantined and at some point have the material tested to determine if its a dangerous substance or not.”
He added that most cases turn out to be nothing and so far it appears everyone taken to hospital will be okay.
“You never know, especially now with Fentanyl out there. It doesn’t take very much,” Van Londersele said.
He would not comment on what could have been the motivation behind sending the powder.
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According to West Shore RCMP officers on-scene, there is no danger to the public. They are taking this as a serious threat and will be testing the power, however there are no results at this time.
Northbound traffic on the parkway is down to one lane.