Suspicious package sent to IRS building in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suspicious package that smelled like ammonia sickened several people at an IRS building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, federal authorities said.

Local officials said about 10 people reported being ill, including vomiting and nausea, after the package arrived at the sprawling building’s mailroom Friday morning. 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Lucy Martinez said some people reported feeling ill with “watery eyes,” and several people were evaluated and treated at hospitals. Two people were treated at nearby St. Luke’s Hospital, where they were in good condition, spokeswoman Laurel Gifford said.

Martinez said the package was an envelope that smelled like ammonia, though no other details were released about the envelope’s contents or where it may have originated.

She said the investigation has been taken over by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, a division in the IRS that investigates fraud.

The Federal Protective Services, which responds to terrorism and criminal acts against U.S. government infrastructure, also is involved in the investigation. The agency responded to the incident along with local officials.

Kansas City Fire Department spokesman James Garrett said a hazardous materials team checked the package for gasses and fumes but didn’t find anything before it was turned over to federal authorities.

The IRS building wasn’t evacuated during the incident. Business returned to normal about two hours after the incident began.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/substance-sickens-least-10-people-kansas-city-irs-170002292.html

8 thoughts on “Suspicious package sent to IRS building in Kansas City

  1. What a shame. I’m going to lose sleep tonight in the knowledge that there’s someone out there who doesn’t appreciate everything that the wonderful employees of the IRS do for us.

  2. Did any postal or UPS workers claim to be sick or did the envelope just magically appear in the IRS mail room after somebody uttered the words ABRACADABRA!
    I’ve smelled ammonia plenty of times and it’s never made me sick or nauseated.
    Best guess? Some IRS employees were huffing the ink that they use to print audit notices thinking it would get them high. Best to stay away from that Puerto Rican ink.
    Or, some IRS employees were forced to look deep into their souls and were so disgusted by what they saw that they immediately started to projectile vomit all over the place.
    Or….I’m all out of ors. Probably fake news.

  3. “… a hazardous materials team checked the package for gasses and fumes but didn’t find anything before it was turned over to federal authorities.”

    Big surprise.

    Dog & pony fearmongering for the masses.

  4. How bout that guy that deliver his airplane to the IRS
    Guess they didn’t learn that lesson either

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