The Tucson Police Department (TPD) informed the Council office that there was a suspicious package in one of the recycling bins located in the parking lot, outside of the building.
TPD and the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) went to the area and determined the gravity of the situation, taking the necessary action, securing and cordoning off the area until a further investigation could be conducted. The FBI and Homeland Security were also involved in this investigation.
After the initial findings by TPD and the TFD HAZMAT unit, my office evacuated the building.
Thanks to the prompt response by TPD and TFD, a potentially dangerous situation has been dealt with.
I want to thank the FBI, Homeland Security and the actions of TPD, its South Division and Captain Pat Bunker of TFD and the HAZMAT unit for their work on this matter.