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Boston MA: HazMat response to Park Plaza Hotel building

23 Jan

Boston firefighters and police responded to a hazardous materials incident at the Park Plaza building at 20 Park Plaza early this afternoon. Staff at the Israeli Consulate had identified a suspicious item in the mail, and when they opened it, found an unidentified white powder. The staff had opened the package in a secure, sealed container. Fire Department technicians on scene reported that none of the powder escaped from the container, and that no one had been exposed to the substance. The container and it’s contents will be transferred to a state laboratory for analysis. The tenth floor of the building was evacuated, but a full evacuation was not required.

The incident has been turned over to the FBI for investigation.

UPDATED: Story updated to identify that the incident was at the Israeli Consulate, located at 20 Park Plaza.

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Saugus school evacuated due to strange odor

26 Oct

The Veterans Memorial Elementary School, located at 39 Hurd Avenue, is evacuated after people inside reported feeling ill and smelling a strange odor. Approximately twenty people were evaluated by medical personnel. A Tier One Hazmat responses was requested by Saugus Fire Department, and a regional Hazmat team is en route to the school to investigate.

April 8th Incidents

8 Apr

01:10 Boston, MA: BFD Engine 5 on scene on I-90 Westbound in the Ted Williams Tunnel requesting a technical rescue response for a MassDOT employee trapped 15-20 feet down in a two foot wide hole. Victim is believed to have a broken leg and is in about three feet of water. Worker was successfully extricated and transported to MGH.

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01:26 Medford, MA: Multi-car accident with a car rolled over at Harvard St. & Winchester St.

02:19 Boston, MA: Person robbed at gunpoint on Washington St at Woodley Ave. Suspect described as an Hispanic male in his 20’s, 5’5″, stocky, wearing blue jeans and a ball cap.

11:00 Arlington, MA: Box 718 transmitted for a working fire on the porch at 18 Ronald Rd.

11:28 Grafton, MA: A 5 gallon spill of Nitric Acid at Dana Trucking, 86 Westoboro Rd, created a large vapor cloud. GFD handling incident, area schools advised to shut down ventilation and shelter in place. Photo:

13:29 Boston, MA: Police responded to a “shots fired” call on Heath St. Two suspects fled from the scene toward the Jackson Square MBTA station. The suspects then ran along the MBTA tracks towards Ruggles, causing MBTA Orange Line service to be shut down.

16:21 Springfield, MA: Small fire in the attic at 27 Armory St.

16:52 Boston, MA: Fire on the 3rd floor deck at 33 Egremont Rd.

16:55 Fitchburg, MA: 2 alarm fire in a 2.5 story house at 75 Falulah St. Fire spread to the adjacent house. Original fire building suffered a partial roof collapse.

18:03 Brookline, MA: A masked tall white male brandished a large hunting knife and robbed the J.E. Pierce Apothecary. Suspect fled in a 2010 black Ford Focus with MA plate 84P160.

21:20 Providence, RI: Working fire in an unoccupied 1.5 story structure at 9 School St.