[UPDATE 12:20 p.m.] Suspicious Powder Shuts Down “I” Street in Eureka

I street Shut down

[Photo from the HCSO]

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office just tweeted,

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.

UPDATE 10:31 a.m.: Michelle Bishop, an employee at the courthouse, sent us the following picture. 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.

Personnel examine the suspicious powder.

Personnel look closely at something. [Zoom of a photo provided by Michelle Bishop]

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Bishop sent us the following image from inside the Courthouse.

Humboldt County courthouse

A Hazmat suit protects personnel outside of the Courthouse Clerk’s Lobby as seen from inside the lobby.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Information from the County of Humboldt:

This morning around 9 am the county was notified that there is a white substance on the door and entrance to the Court Clerk’s entrance of the County Courthouse, located at the 421 I Street. County Public Health is on site and has performed field tests and ruled out most common threats, including biological and chemical agents. Staff is taking samples of the material to an out of area lab for further testing. There was no indication of criminal activity or threats on the facility. Staff has also contacted the FBI, who has approved initiation of clean-up of the material.

Out of an abundance of caution the public entrance to the Court Clerk’s office has been closed. All other functions of the courthouse remain open. We will provide more updates when more information becomes available.



  • Please do not let CNN get ahold of this story! Trump will undoubtedly be accused of using powder instead of pipe bombs.

  • Probably some homeless person just trying to take care of their swamp ass with baby powder.

  • I’ll be so glad when elections are over.
    On the 12th day of elections, the crazies gave to me:
    12: the 3 stooges
    11: the BBQ fight
    10: the mid flight blue bird
    09: still waiting for a real update
    and a protest for a repeat.

  • Somebody drops one little baggie of nose beers and everyone loses their mind.

  • How times have changed. In the eighties they’d have snorted it.

  • Could be donut crumbs

  • That’s the doorway too public thievery and goujing for many years,revenue RECOVERY was down there for a lot of years. Funny how the call it recovery when it’s really revenue extortion!!!! This county government is disgusting. Vote no on measure o there taste for greed with the people’s money has gone too far

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