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Here’s The Scoop … 2 Follow-Up Reports … Military Flare Detonated In Lauderdale-By-The- Sea

“IT LOOKED LIKE A SCUBA TANK”…an observer from Wed. night 7/21/10…

From: Palmer, Thomas
Sent: Wed 7/21/2010 10:56 PM
To: McCuaig, Donald
Cc: LLerena, Oscar; Cedeno, Angelo
Subject: LBTS Haz Mat call/Police Information LS10-07-00321

Incident: Police Information

Date: 07/21/10

Time: 1907

Location: 4120 El Mar Drive (on the beach) LS10-07-00321

BSO LBTS District received a call in reference to a device behind the hotel that states (if found notify police or military leaking an unknown substance). Units responded and established a perimeter and utilized binoculars to observe the device. Ft. Lauderdale Haz Mat, BSO Haz Mat were notified and responded. BSO Bomb Squad was notified and responded to the scene. BSO Office of Homeland security notified and responded to the scene. Night Watch Commander Lt. McCuaig responded to the scene. Additional resources were requested and received from Pompano, Oakland Park and Tamarac . The motel was evacuated, and command post established. Sgt. McCoy contacted the US Army and determined that the device was a phosphorous flare from a military unit. The Army advised the best way to make the device safe was to utilize a countermeasure and (B.I.P) blow-up in place. The device was made safe and disposed of by the Bomb Squad. PIO notified and did not respond. Media was on scene (local newspaper and unknown television media). The scene was made safe and re-opened to the public.

Sergeant Thomas J. Palmer

Lauderdale by the Sea District

Charlie Shift Supervisor

office: (954) 491-3920

fax: (954) 776-6291

From: Daniel Chavez [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11:42 PM
To: Connie Hoffmann; Steve D’Olivera; Bud Bentley
Cc: Chris Vincent; Birute Ann Clottey; Stuart Dodd; Scot Sasser; Roseann Minnet; ‘LLerena, Oscar’
Subject: Incident Report – Haz-Mat Incident

Interim Town manager Hoffman,

On Wednesday July 21, 2010 at approximately 7:08 Pm, the fire department was dispatched to 4110 El mar Dr referencing to a Haz-Mat Incident; Caller advised of gray canister possibly containing military grade chemicals had washed up on the beach.

Upon arrival, the fire department discovered that container was emitting white smoke and proceeded to establish a safety perimeter. In conjunction with LBTS BSO deputies, beach goers and civilians from Villa caprice hotel and adjacent buildings were evacuated.

Fort Lauderdale fire department Hazardous Materials units and heavy rescue units were called and responded to the incident. After investigation of the container by Haz-Mat Technicians, it was determined that container was a Phosphorous flare and recommended that bomb squad be notified for removal.

BSO Bomb Squad was dispatched and arrived on scene, they secure the canister but informed us that canister had to be detonated in order to be removed. BSO bomb squad safely detonated canister and removed all canister remains and cleared the scene.

Caller was transported to Holly Cross Hospital for medical evaluation.

For additional information please refer to call No 100721000753

Best Regards,

FF. Daniel Chavez

Lauderdale by the Sea FD

Fire Department Administrator

Tel. (954) 772-8978

Cel. (786) 301-1440

Fax. (954) 772-1550


BC- we are told the “caller” was not transported¬† to the hospital due to any effects from the flare …

more to come….

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