Leaking Package Found at Post Office in Oakland

Officials said the liquid was likely pepper spray

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 12:52 PM PDT
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A suspicious package found at a post office on High Street shut down a big mailing day in Oakland.

A suspicious package found at a post office on High Street shut down a big mailing day in Oakland.

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Oakland firefighters and hazmat crews gave the all-clear Wednesday morning, about an hour after a U.S. Post Office was evacuated after some employees received a package leaking with some fluid and then complained that their eyes were burning.

The liquid, officials said, turned out to be some sort of pepper spray.

The scene was cleared just before 11:30 a.m., after at least one woman was seen from the NBC Bay Area helicopter leaving the office at 3630 High street on a gurney, though she was conscious and speaking. Eight people were treated and released at the scene.

Hazmat crews were sent to the Laurel District post office about 10 a.m. after two employees complained that they were experiencing severe headaches and burning eyes. More than a dozen employees and customers were evacuated about 10:30 a.m.

Police said that the incident is not being treated as a crime.

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