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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

'Suspicious Package' Sends 3 To Hospital; Hazmat Crews Are At Scott Air Force Base

From the Scott Air Force Base website:

8/31/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- -- Scott AFB is responding to a suspicious package at building 1650, the official mail center. The building has been evacuated and 3 people have been transported to Memorial Hospital as a result of possible chemical exposure. Another 13 people are being decontaminated on site.

The education center, bowling alley, Information Tickets and Tours office, Airman Family Readiness Center are closed until further notice. First responders are on scene. All areas have been evacuated.

There is no immediate threat to the community. Direct call to main public affairs office at 618-256-4241.

CBS St. Louis reports Hazmat crews are on the scene.

“Currently we’re responding to a suspicious package that occurred at the official mail center (Building 1650),” SAFB spokesman Lt. Benjamin Garland tells KMOX News.

He said they’re not releasing any further information about the “suspicious package” or what it may have contained at this time. However the package reportedly emitted a sulphur-like smell.