Haz-Mat Team Probes Situation At Boston Federal Building

By WGBH News & Wire Services

May 17, 2011

BOSTON — UPDATE, 6:20 p.m: Boston emergency officials say the situation at 10 Causway St. is stable. The Boston Fire Department tweeted that their meter readings showed acceptable limits of radiation, and that they were removing a small piece of equipment which emitted radiation.

Incident being downsized at the O'Neill building. BFD meter readings within acceptable limits. No decon needed. It was used for surveying.less than a minute ago via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

5:15 p.m.: The Boston Fire Department is investigating a possible hazardous materials situation at the Tip O'Neill federal building.

At 4:40 p.m., the Boston Fire Fighters tweeted that hazardous materials teams were responding to a radiation leak at that address: 

HAZMAT - 10 CAUSWAY ST FEDERAL BLDG WITH A RADIATION LEAK CMD ORDERING LEVEL 2 HAZMAT RESPONSE (1632)less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said Tuesday afternoon that firefighters are investigating a piece of equipment in the basement of the building. (Update, 6.28 p.m.: The Boston Fire Dept. tweeted that the equipment was actually on the first floor of the building, not the basement.)

There were no immediate reports of evacuations. No further information was immediately available.

The building is near the Boston Garden sports arena, where the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning play a conference semifinal game Tuesday night, and North Station.

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