Downtown Fresno’s Security Bank Building evacuated due to reported hazmat

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Several floors of downtown Fresno’s Security Bank Building were evacuated Thursday night for a possible hazmat situation.

The unknown white powder found folded up in a blank piece of paper turned out to be meth, says Fresno Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Cope.

He says fire crews were called out in the area of Tulare Street and Van Ness Avenue for reports of an unknown white powder found on the floor of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) call center.

It is unknown how the drug made its way inside the building.

At least 100 people were evacuated from the building, including street level businesses.

No injuries were reported.

Cope says it doesn’t appear to be an act of terrorism, and no threatening letters were found.

Since the substance turned out to be meth, the Fresno Police Department assumed the investigation.

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