While the West Shore RCMP is still waiting for the full results from tests done on the powder involved in last week’s hazmat incident, the initial reports indicate the substance was at least partially flour.
An anonymous threatening letter sent to a Langford law office on Sept.7 resulted in five people being decontaminated and sent to hospital for further testing.
B.C. Ambulance, along with police, fire and a Capital Regional District hazmat team were on scene at the Reflections Building in Langford and a decontamination tent was set up in front of the Hemminger Law Group’s office, located in the 2400-block of Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The law office was locked down, and everyone who came into contact with the powder was treated by first responders on scene.
The RCMP’s explosive disposal unit was also called to further assess and ensure the safe removal of the unknown substance.
Initial reports found the powder was positive for cooking agents and was high in carbohydrates, which indicates it was generic cooking flour. According to the West Shore RCMP, further tests will determine if anything was mixed with the flour and exactly what compounds it contained.