In Westdale Today

21 October 2009

I was heading off into Westdale when I saw a bunch of police vehicles including a hazmat as well as explosives unit. A house in Westdale, 81 Arkell Ave, was sent a package last night containing a strange powdery substance, which the residents believed was anthrax.  Police don’t actually know what the substance is,  but it has been sent to a lab in Toronto for further inspection. According to police, the house was resident to a group of mentally disabled people, which could explain why they were targeted for this…

*UPDATE * The home is run by the Beth Tikvah Foundation, a group that provides assistance for adults with developmental disabilities living in the community.

http://www.inform.hamilton.ca/record/HAM1885

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Firefighters stand in front of a decontamination pool

Anthrax Explosive Unit Explosives Unit

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The house is on the left, you can see the police and hazmat tape covering off the area

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The Police officer who gave us all the details