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Uranium, blasting caps found at Spokane Valley home

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Thursday morning a woman in Spokane Valley called the fire department to ask for help getting rid of uranium and blasting caps. The woman reported that the materials had been in her home for at least 35 years because her husband and extended family had been involved in the mining business for 35 years in the Silver Valley. 

The woman's husband recently passed away and while cleaning out his belongings, she came across the hazardous material and contacted authorities so it could be removed safely. 

The home was located near 15th and Walnut in Spokane Valley and the materials were set up on the woman's front porch.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department, Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Spokane Hazardous Materials Response Team responded and waited to hear from the federal government on how to safely remove the uranium. 

"This is very unusual. They don't get this kind of call very often," said Melanie Rose with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. 

First responders set up a 5 foot radius around the hazardous materials and once they were notified of the proper procedures to take, it was removed.

Some neighbors said they were worried about it in the beginning. "Really scary. It was very unsettling at first," said Spokane Valley resident Tandy Parker.

There is no danger for the neighborhood. Officials say that they should be transporting the uranium to the State Department of Health.

No criminal charges will go toward the woman who found the uranium. Police say that the woman did the right thing by calling the fire department on how to properly dispose the uranium. 
 

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