Kelowna News

UPDATE: Canada Post building evacuated, again

Some of the Canada Post workers evacuated from the building on Baillie Avenue north of downtown Kelowna, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. A package of an unknown granular, white powder was discovered.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan/Kelly Hayes (with permission)

KELOWNA – The employees at the Canada Post delivery sorting centre north of downtown were evacuated after a leaky package of a granular white substance was found Monday morning.

The fire department’s HAZMAT team, along with RCMP and B.C. Ambulance paramedics, were called to 750 Baillie Rd. at 7:18 a.m.

It turns out the mysterious substance was a laundry product, Biokleen Chlorine Free Oxygen Bleach Plus.

“Fire command, RCMP and the Canada Post representative jointly investigated who had sent the package and who was receiving the package,” platoon captain Tim Light said in a media release. “Through conversations with both parties there was a sense that there was no malicious intent.”

Eight of the employees who came into contact with the mysterious substance were isolated as a precaution.

No one was hurt and all the workers are back on the job after the extended coffee break.

This is the third false alarm at the Canada Post sorting centre this year.

This product is similar to the one fire officials say is the mysterious substance which prompted the evacuation of the Canada Post sorting centre on Baillie Avenue in Kelowna, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.
This product is similar to the one fire officials say is the mysterious substance which prompted the evacuation of the Canada Post sorting centre on Baillie Avenue in Kelowna, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.
Image Credit: Amazon.com

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 11:13 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 to add more information from Kelowna Fire Department.


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