Hazmat Response Costs Add Up

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By Alabama News Network

A hazmat team with the Montgomery Fire Department responded to yet another suspicious substance Friday, this time at the RSA tower in downtown Montgomery.

 
It turned out to be a false alarm, but authorities say they are treating every incident like it's the real thing. 
 
Some people in Montgomery are concerned after a suspicious letter with a white powder was sent to the Attorney General's Office Wednesday, and another letter with an unknown substance was sent to Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Thursday. 
 
"It's unfortunate incident. You always hear about it happening other places, larger places. I'm sure it's costing the city a lot of time, resources, and money. I'm just glad everyone is safe," said Montgomery resident Jimmy Jones.
 
Those costs can add up. Montgomery Fire Department, which runs the hazardous response unit, says it all depends on how much is involved. 
 
"As far as costs go it all depends on the severity of the incident and how long the incident is drawn out. So it can be anywhere from one thousand dollars on up," said Kelly Gordon with Montgomery Fire Department. 
 
The response at the Attorney General's Office was the most drawn out, involving hours of work and the decontamination of eight people who came into contact with the substance.
 
While all the substances have been ruled harmless, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office still wants you to take these cases seriously. 
 
"I just think that if everybody is suspicious and everybody is paying attention to what's taking place, I think that our community, our work environment downtown and in the surrounding area, they should feel safe because they know that people will report suspicious activity," said Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham
 
If you see anything that's suspicious or out of the ordinary you're asked to please call 911. 

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