Monday, October 29, 2018

SECOND UPDATE: Suspicious Powder Substance Closes Street in Eureka

Posted By and on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 9:54 AM

click to enlarge Emergency crews respond to powder substance found near entrance of the courthouse. - HCSO
  • HCSO
  • Emergency crews respond to powder substance found near entrance of the courthouse.
SECOND UPDATE:

The Humboldt Court Clerk’s Office will be closed for the rest of the day due to “public safety concerns” after a white substance was found on the outside door this morning, according to a release.

Read more about the closure here.

UPDATE:

Michelle Bishop, an employee at the courthouse, sent Redheaded Blackbelt the following pictures of the scene where a suspicious powder was found this morning, shutting down I Street. She said that Hazmat is on the scene and has closed down the courthouse lobby. “We may be able to open [later] today but it is unknown at this time.”
click to enlarge A Hazmat suit protects personnel outside of the Courthouse Clerk’s Lobby as seen from inside the lobby. - COURTESY OF MICHELLE BISHOP
  • Courtesy of Michelle Bishop
  • A Hazmat suit protects personnel outside of the Courthouse Clerk’s Lobby as seen from inside the lobby.
click to enlarge Emergency crews at the I Street side of the courthouse, where a suspicious powder was found. - COURTESY OF MICHELLE BISHOP
  • Courtesy of Michelle Bishop
  • Emergency crews at the I Street side of the courthouse, where a suspicious powder was found.

PREVIOUS:

The discovery of a “suspicious powder substance” near the entrance to the county court clerk’s office has I Street between Fourth and Fifth streets shut down, according to a tweet from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement officials are asking the public to avoid the area.


Tweet from the HCSO:
#happeningnow A suspicious powder substance was discovered near the entrance to the county Court Clerks Office. I Street between 4th and 5th Streets in Eureka shut down as emergency crews work to determine what the substance is. Please avoid the area.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the courthouse office impacted.
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