Crows + flour = hazmat scene

  • Tue Jul 17th, 2012 6:57pm

Herald staff

EDMONDS — Traffic in Edmonds was detoured for more than an hour July 17 while a hazardous materials team investigated a report of a suspicious powder discovered at the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Edmonds Street.

It turns out the white powdery substance was, in fact, flour, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

A witness told firefighters that a couple of crows were to blame.

The woman was going out for a jog when she noticed the black birds dragging around the bag of white flour.

“She took it away from them, put it in a garbage can and kept running,” Hynes said. “Two crows and a two-alarm hazmat incident.”

The report about an unknown white powder in the roadway came in around 11:35 a.m.

About an hour later, firefighters cleared the scene.