Skip to comments.Mall sealed off in Winston-Salem, Bomb threat at Courthouse. (Courthouse, Mall Evacuated)
Posted on 10/29/2004 8:45:21 AM PDT by Rebelbase
Just got an IM from my office over in Winston.
Per xxxx, Please be aware. Stay away from Hanes Mall (and the Hanes Mall area). A substance was sprayed there earlier that has made people sick. They have sealed off the mall. Also, there has been a bomb threat at the courthouse.
I'll keep you updated. http://www.wxii12.com/news/3872535/detail.html
Courthouse, Mall Evacuated In Winston-Salem
POSTED: 10:36 am EDT October 29, 2004
UPDATED: 11:02 am EDT October 29, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM -- Authorities have evacuated the Forsyth County courthouse and a shopping mall following separate incidents Friday morning.
Police say a male caller contacted the clerk's office around 9:30 a.m. and told the clerk to empty the building. Bomb-sniffing dogs are searching the building and the block surrounding the courthouse has been sealed off.
At Hanes Mall, workers said someone entered the mall and sprayed a substance on the lower level. Mall officials confirm that the mall has been evacuated, and police say several dozen people have been quarantined.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office referred to the substance as a "suspicious biological agent." A hazardous materials unit is at the mall.
We'll have more on these stories on our noon newscast.
That does not sound good.
Hopefully it's just kids with pepper spray...not an unknown stunt in these parts.
Hm. How would they know it's a "biological" agent so quickly?
"The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office referred to the substance as a "suspicious biological agent." A hazardous materials unit is at the mall.
Well, it could be. Or it might not be. How does the Sherrif's Office know it is a biological agent? Testing for that takes a while.
Apparently, it disturbed some people or made them ill. That sounds like a chemical, rather than a biological agent. Could be almost anything.
As always, it's best to use caution before calling an unknown material anything but an unknown material.
Local news coming up at 12:00, I'll watch and let you know if there are any updates.
update. looks like it is starting to wind down.
Or no agent at all. Have been zillions of instances of MSI (Mass Sociogenic Illness) since the Anthrax attacks.
So, the Kerry creature can come on tv tonight and scream that Bush isn't doing enough to keep us safe.
This is transparent.
Someone sprayed an irritant in the lower level of Hanes Mall this morning. The Winston-Salem Fire Department took samples which tested negative for anything that might be considered weapons of mass destruction. There were four victims who recovered at the scene and were not transported to the hospital. The substance is currently being tested to find out exactly what type of irritant was sprayed. The Winston-Salem Police Department and the SBI are looking in to this morning's incident. Some sections of the mall are now open, while others continue to be closed while the investigation continues.
"Hm. How would they know it's a "biological" agent so quickly?"
Good point. I don't see how. Probably some tear gass or chemical thing. Possible prank? Let's hope so.
Great, thanks. Headed to lunch in 5 mins.
Probably "Fart Spray". Used to funny to do when I was a kid, but now it probably means jail time, or some hellacious fines...
Hanes Mall in W-S.
They don't. But I'm sure it sounded good to whoever the PR person is.
If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...
The 545,523,656th false bio-attack in the last three years?
Someone went to the 2nd level balcony about 5 min. before the mall stores opened and sprayed some kind of substance, which caused burning eyes, throats.
Perp ran, Cops called, Mall sealed off. No bio agent, mall reopened. Reviewing mall security cams for a pic. of the perp.
Also, the Courthouse bomb scare was just that, nothing found. Probably some guy who didn't want to face a judge today.
Have you noticed how many have signed up on FR this year, 9/11?
Don't get too excited about the bomb threat though.... they get bomb threats all the time, pre and post 9/11, it's always just a threat.
Just the fact that a caller warned them to evacuate points to a hoax to cause fear - real terrorists would do everything possible to ensure casualties.
One possibility is the gas released when the janitor accidentally dumps too much bleach into the water, or combines bleach with an ammonia based cleaner. Can't count the number of times people forget bleach is chlorine (mustard gas) or the bleach-ammonia deadly combination.
Another possibility is the use of chemical agents in stripping the tile. Again the janitor forgot to ventilate the area.
Another possibility is that a floor service coated the wood in one of the department stores with a fresh coat of poly which required the use of a bonding agent instead of sanding the floor. I used a bonding substance called Wil-Bond on a floor once that released vapors that could knock a moose over in a heartbeat.
Just some amateur ideas on the cause that's not terror related...Funny how 9-11 changed how we see a half-wit janitor's bright idea of combining bleach and ammonia as a terror plot.
Chicago PD found a grenede on a propane tank somewhere around Midway Airport last night. No other info given, other than they blew it up to disarm it.
Relax. It was French perfume.
Thanks for the info, guys. Sounds like no big deal, really.
After much ado, the substance is usualy pepper spray.
they have sniffers that identify bad stuff pretty quickly....they are installed in LA and NYC downtown near the subway stops
We need NC FReepers to watch this story carefully. The MSM always spins for "nothing here, folks."
The same thing happens if you poor bleach on urine -- because of the ammonia. I used to have to do this to do this to clean my kids' bathroom, then I'd shut the bathroom door and run for it. Ended up killing my Bamboo plant.
Thanks for the ping! Any updates on this?
This is so weird... I just got back from early voting at the 201 Chestnut location downtown and a bunch of streets were blocked off. There were quite a few people who were kicked out of the courthouse, because of the threat, who used that time to vote;-) It has been blocked off for a while now.
How many zeros are in a zillion?
My buddy, Sheriff Bill Schotzman. He's ex-FBI. They couldn't have a better person in charge.
Now this a "nuisance"?
Looks like Bill may have overreacted a tad...
Now this a "nuisance"?
Heh heh heh ;0)
Yup. In other news, Easley is continuing his M.O. of pimping corporate welfare. Oooh.... that's upwards of 1,000--no--8000--no--16,000-no--32,000 jobs right there!