10 people sickened by package at Kansas City IRS building - KCTV5

10 people sickened by package at Kansas City IRS building

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Authorities in Kansas City are investigating a suspicious package was found at an Internal Revenue Service building Friday morning. (KCTV5) Authorities in Kansas City are investigating a suspicious package was found at an Internal Revenue Service building Friday morning. (KCTV5)
At least one person was taken from the building on a stretcher. (KCTV5) At least one person was taken from the building on a stretcher. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A federal organization that responds to terrorism and criminal acts against U.S. government infrastructure is investigating after a suspicious package sickened about 10 people at the IRS building in Kansas City.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Lucy Martinez says agents with the Federal Protective Service responded to the building after the package was found about 9:45 a.m. Friday. She says a hazardous materials team took custody of the package.

The building, located at 333 W. Pershing Rd., was not evacuated and returned to normal business two hours after the incident began.

Two of the 10 people who complained of nausea and vomiting were taken to a hospital and were in good condition.

A St. Luke's Hospital spokeswoman said those victims are in good condition. By 2:45 p.m., they had all been released from the hospital.

Dr. Aaron Kaus said, "They all came in. They were stable. They had symptoms such as eye irritation, chest tightness and shortness of breath, but all presented stable and were able to all be treated by EMS en route. They didn't have any gross contamination of any chemicals that we were aware of."

Kansas City Fire Department spokesman James Garrett said the fire department was checking for gasses and fumes, but investigators have not determined what was in the package that caused the symptoms. He says the package was isolated from the public. They have not said whether it was opened or not.

Garrett said the investigation has been turned over to the IRS and other federal authorities. It took the fire department about an hour and a half to turn the building back over after the initial call. 

No other details have been released.

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