Littleton hazmat investigation causes commotion, amounts to nothing

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West Metro Fire Department officials were responding to a hazmat situation at this Littleton townhome on Sept. 3, 2012. (COhomefinder.com)

West Metro Fire Department officials were responding to a hazmat situation at this Littleton townhome on Sept. 3, 2012. (COhomefinder.com)

LITTLETON, Colo. — A hazmat investigation involving a suspect in a gas mask at a Littleton townhome led police to evacuate residents and set up a decontamination area at a nearby elementary school. But the potential threat turned out to be nothing more than a construction project.

West Metro Fire Department officials proceeded with caution after receiving a call around 9:30 a.m. about a man wearing a gas mask at a townhome complex located at 9633 West Chatfield Avenue. Some residents were evacuated, while others were place on lock down.

When officials made contact with the suspect, the individual informed officers the mask was being used as part of a construction project.

Unable to make contact with the suspect initially, emergency crews set up a decontamination area and a command post at nearby Mortensen Elementary. Shortly after contact was made with the suspect at 11 a.m., evacuated residents were allowed to return home.