Chemicals discovered at motel near Oracle and Drachman - Tucson News Now

Chemical odor brings in hazardous materials team at midtown motel

TPD will wait hours for a chemist from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to test the substances found in a motel room. TPD will wait hours for a chemist from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to test the substances found in a motel room.
Authorities evacuated some rooms in the motel until they figure out what the chemicals are and if they are dangerous. Authorities evacuated some rooms in the motel until they figure out what the chemicals are and if they are dangerous.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

TUCSON, AZ (TNN) – A room full of chemicals brought out hazardous material crews and evacuated residents from a midtown motel Friday morning.

Tucson police and fire crews responded to the Hacienda motel on Oracle Road near Drachman about 7:30 Friday morning after the manager smelled a strong chemical odor

Police found a variety of chemicals inside and called the Department of Public Safety, which sent a chemist to analyze the materials and a hazardous materials team to remove them

Police said that the chemicals did not appear to be consistent with making methamphetamine and did not appear to be an immediate threat to residents.  But they took precautions and evacuated nearby rooms while the chemicals were removed.

"I woke up this morning early, pounding on my door, 'Tucson Police!' I said 'so?" I had to take it seriously but I peeked out the window and saw the tape so I thought something serious had happened.  So, at that point, they told me there was hazardous chemicals, I should get off the premises," said Michael Sumner, a Hacienda Motel resident.

Residents have since returned to their rooms.

Police have detained the resident registered to the room but did not expect to make an arrest nor file charges Friday.

They were still investigating how the chemicals were going to be used.

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