No hazard found in substance that evacuated Lakeland Polk County Government Center

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – The Lakeland Polk County Government Center was evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to a hazmat situation.

Polk County Fire Rescue said the center at 930 Parker Street E was evacuated.

Hazmat crews were on scene to assist the Lakeland Fire Department.

The Lakeland Fire Department said a suspicious white powder caused the evacuation.

Approximately 16 people were exposed to the unknown substance and approximately 50 were in the building at the time of the incident.

The substance was field tested for biological hazards and none were found.

As a precaution, everyone in the building went through a basic decontamination process.

During the process, soap and water is used on exposed skin.

No one showed any signs of currently being ill.

The FBI and Lakeland police will be carrying out an investigation.

The Lakeland Government Center houses the Lakeland courthouse, office for the Property Appraiser, Clerk of Courts, County Probation, Public Defender and Public County Healthy Families.

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