[UPDATE 12:20 p.m.] Suspicious Powder Shuts Down “I” Street in Eureka
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.UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Bishop sent us the following image from inside the Courthouse.
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.