Investigators probe suspicious package at office building
January 13, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011
Emergency crews responded to a North Issaquah office building Thursday afternoon after receiving reports of a package containing a suspicious powder.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and Issaquah Police Department teams responded to a building in the 1600 block of Northwest Sammamish Road at about 2 p.m. Thursday, after workers reported concerns about the contents in a package sent to the business.
EFR sent a hazardous materials team to retrieve and remove the package.
Responders said three or four workers reported headaches and sore throats. EFR did not transport any workers for medical treatment.
Crews ended the lock down and allowed workers inside the building to leave at about 5:15 p.m. Investigators interviewed some workers at the scene.
The investigation has expanded to include the police department, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the agency responsible for mail-related crimes.
The incident occurred at the Lake Place Office Center near Costco and Costco headquarters.