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Suspicious Package/Unknown Substance - 817 51st Street East

For immediate release: February 25, 2020 - 12:03pm
20-02140

At approximately 9:42 a.m. on February 25, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department and the Emergency Management Organization responded to a mail processing facility, located at 817 51st Street East, for reports of a suspicious package leaking its contents. 

One fire engine, one haz-mat unit, one decontamination unit, one mobile command unit, and multiple support staff responded to the scene.

Fire dispatchers advised all occupants that were inside of the facility to shelter in place until the arrival of fire crews. Upon arrival of the first responding fire crew, an evacuation of the facility was performed; one individual was medically assessed and placed into isolation for having direct exposure to the contents of the package. 

Haz-mat technicians made entry to the facility to obtain shipment information and perform tests to identify the contents of the package.

The contents of the package were identified as approximately one quart of a non-hazardous liquid fertilizer that is used in the rooting and growth of plants; there is no risk to public safety. 

The individual that had been placed in isolation was released without the need of further medical evaluation. The leaking package was contained and removed from the facility for disposal.

The Saskatoon Fire Department and the Emergency Management Organization have concluded on scene and the facility has been turned back over to management.