There is an active HazMat incident that is being investigated by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Seevices (MCFRS) and other agencies in the area of Longview Lane and Macduff Avenue in Olney. The investigation has been ongoing since the early afternoon and will continue into tonight and possibly tomorrow.
According to Assistant Chief Ogren of MCFRS, the new owners of a home, that has been unoccupied for an extended period of time, attempted to take items to the county transfer station and set off some sensors while there. They were told to go home, where they called 911. MCFRS crews arrived to conduct testing and a visual inspection showed chemicals and boxes with unknown contents including older military ammo containers (no ammo in them). Contrary to rumors, no nuclear materials were found. Some items have not yet been positively identified, but have not tested as a threat. MCFRS does not believe this is a danger to the community and have allowed occupants of surrounding homes back inside, though access issues remain due to the investigation.
The investigation will continue tonight and possibly into tomorrow if lack of daylight impedes the investigation. MCFRS and other county and state agencies will work together to identify how to dispose of the materials safely. Though the FBI and other agencies, including Montgomery County Police are assisting with the investigation, there is no belief that this is a criminal or intentional act.
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