UPDATE: Offenders Back In Living Unit After HAZMAT Clears Scene - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Offenders Back In Living Unit After HAZMAT Clears Scene

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - An unidentified object was found in a minimum-security living unit at Airway Heights Corrections Center. Staff and offenders were evacuated from the area. Emergency response services were requested. Responding agencies included Airway Heights Fire and Police Departments, and Spokane County Bomb Squad and HAZMAT Team.

The Bomb Squad removed the suspicious object and the HAZMAT team determined the suspicious object was a pop can with a paper wick.  There was a small amount of mineral oil in the can.

Following a thorough check of the area, staff and offenders were allowed back in the living unit. There were no staff or offender injuries.  Airway Heights Police and Fire Departments will conduct an investigation.

The minimum-security unit houses 600 minimum-custody offenders.

Previous Coverage:

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - An unidentified object was detected in a living unit of the Minimum Security Unit of the Airway Heights Corrections Center. Staff implemented emergency response protocols and offenders and staff were moved from the area.

The Spokane Fire Department Haz-Mat team describes the device as a pop can with an unknown liquid inside and some sort of fuse. They are testing it right now.

KHQ has a crew on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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