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Powder scare on the Westside

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Updated: 6/12/2013 6:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--  A normal morning turned into chaos Wednesday after a report of cars being vandalized at Virginian Arms Apartments on the Westside. When police arrived, they discovered more than they bargained for.

"We saw a white powdery substance had been put on the vehicles," Lt. Michael Eason with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

That substance resulted in the bomb squad and hazmat teams coming out. Residents were notified and had the choice of evacuating or remaining inside their apartments. After a few tests, the all clear was given.

"Each time we get a call like this, we have to treat it like it's some kind of dangerous substance," Eason continued.

Police say the powder was not dangerous, but the heat first responders had to deal with was. The firefighter uniforms and hazmat gear are heavy, so crews had to be monitored while they worked.

"Putting on those suits and just dealing with the unbearable temperatures and now, we're focused on making sure they are safe and that our first responders get the treatment they need," Eason said. 

JSO tells Action News the vandalism at the Virginian Arms Apartments doesn't appear to be linked to any other incidents.
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