Hazmat incident reported at Federal Reserve Bank in KC

A substance that triggered a hazardous materials scare at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City on Thursday morning turned out not to be dangerous, officials said.

“The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has determined the substance at issue is non-hazardous,” Bill Medley, a Federal Reserve spokesman, said through an email Thursday afternoon. “The Bank has resumed normal operations.”

An employee opening a money bag in the cash processing area of the building at 1 Memorial Way discovered the substance inside about 10:40 a.m., said Kansas City Fire Department Battalion Chief James Garrett. The employee reported shortness of breath.

Hazardous materials crews used water to decontaminate that employee and three others who had been in the first-floor cash processing room, Garrett said. The person who suffered shortness of breath was taken to a hospital.