Possible Hazmat Situation Closes Sarasota Mall

Someone walked into LensCrafters store at The Westfield Southgate Shopping Center, threw substance and fled the area: Police

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013  |  Updated 1:52 PM EDT
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A Sarasota mall was closed Tuesday for a possible hazmat situation after a person threw an unknown substance into a store, officials said. The incident happened just before noon when someone walked into the LensCrafters store at The Westfield Southgate Shopping Center, threw the substance and fled the area, Sarasota Police said.

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A Sarasota mall was closed Tuesday for a possible hazmat situation after a person threw an unknown substance into a store, officials said.

The incident happened just before noon when someone walked into the LensCrafters store at The Westfield Southgate Shopping Center, threw the substance and fled the area, Sarasota Police said.

The shopping center was closed and people inside the mall were asked to shelter in place until a hazmat team could sample the substance and determine whether it was hazardous.

Police later said the substance wasn't believed to be hazardous and was believed to be some sort of solid product that was crushed up. The mall was expected to reopen later Tuesday.

There were no reported injuries or medical issues. Police didn't give any information about the suspect.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.

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