Polk County Florida Special Operations Unit responded to hazmat call at Sheriff’s Office

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LAKELAND — Polk County Fire Rescue’s Special Operations Unit responded to a hazmat call Friday afternoon at a Polk County Sheriff’s Office substation after someone dropped off an envelope containing an unknown substance.


Donna Wood, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said a resident had received a suspicious package and brought it to PCSO’s Southwest District station about 2:30 p.m.

“Unfortunately, she opened it inside our building,” Wood said. “And while it was ultimately determined there was no threat, we had to do our due diligence and have Polk County Hazmat respond.”IMG_4036

The building — 4120 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland — was evacuated and, according to a post on PCFR’s Facebook page, an individual who was exposed to the substance was quarantined.

The hazmat team tested the unindentified substance and determined it was not an imminent threat. However, the substance will be taken to an FBI lab for further testing.


Wood said agency members returned to their offices and the investigation is ongoing.


Pictures Credit: Polk County Fire Rescue Facebook

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