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.

 Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Group provides heat relief for homeless as summer nears

    Group provides heat relief for homeless as summer nears

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:56 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:56:09 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    They are simple steps for survival in the sun, from people whose lives aren’t all that simplistic. "[You] look for water, food, and what not. Yeah, that's about it,” Kenneth Wells said. 

    They are simple steps for survival in the sun, from people whose lives aren’t all that simplistic. "[You] look for water, food, and what not. Yeah, that's about it,” Kenneth Wells said. 

  • Fighter pilot memorialized on 20th anniversary of tragic crash

    Fighter pilot memorialized on 20th anniversary of tragic crash

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:08:33 GMT
    Capt. Amy Svoboda died during a training exercise on May 27, 1997 (Source: Tucson News Now).Capt. Amy Svoboda died during a training exercise on May 27, 1997 (Source: Tucson News Now).

    20 years later, on the day of her death, Captain Amy Svoboda was memorialized. A uniformed statue in her honor was unveiled Saturday at the Pima Air and Space Museum.

    20 years later, on the day of her death, Captain Amy Svoboda was memorialized. A uniformed statue in her honor was unveiled Saturday at the Pima Air and Space Museum.

  • Crash leaves 3 hurt, baby dead near border crossing

    Crash leaves 3 hurt, baby dead near border crossing

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:05 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:05:44 GMT

    A six-month-old child is dead and three other people hurt after a four-car crash near the Lukeville port of entry. According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash happened on State Route 85 heading south near Lukeville late Friday night.

    A six-month-old child is dead and three other people hurt after a four-car crash near the Lukeville port of entry. According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash happened on State Route 85 heading south near Lukeville late Friday night.

Powered by Frankly