VicPD has blocked off Store Street between Fisgard Street and Herald Street in the heart of downtown Victoria following a hazmat incident.
Police officers are joined by Victoria Firefighters and the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Hazmat team in an incident that VicPD has yet to disclose further details on.
As people exit the building, they can be seen getting sprayed by the CRD Hazmat crew.
VicPD are currently assisting Victoria Fire Department along with HAZMAT crews in an incident that has evacuated a building in the 400-block of Swift Street.
GVERT also on scene. Video shows someone from inside being sprayed down. Police say there is no danger to the public. pic.twitter.com/IuYoO1DRCA
— Victoria Buzz (@victoriabuzzes) December 30, 2022
Officers are on scene to assist @VictoriaFire730 & @crd_bc HAZMAT w a building evacuation in the 400-block of Swift St. It required #GVERT assistance as specialized training & equipment was needed. There is no risk to public safety. #yyj
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) December 29, 2022
A building has been evacuated in the 400-block of Swift Street and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) have now joined the effort to control the situation.
VicPD says that GVERT joined their efforts because “specialized training and equipment was needed,” during the incident.
A witness tells Victoria Buzz that fire crews informed him the incident may have involved mustard gas, and that one individual was arrested on scene.
As the situation unfolds, Victoria Buzz will update this publication.
Police say there is no risk to the public at this time.