Raytown’s city hall and its police department headquarters were closed Thursday because of an airborne health hazard, according to the police.
Air quality tests made in police headquarters showed high concentrations of volatile organic compounds that exceeded levels set by federal agencies, a statement said. Police patrols are continuing as usual and officers are responding to calls.
A police spokesman said he could not specifically identify the hazard. The source of the hazard had not yet been located, but testing was expected to continue Friday.
Raytown City Hall will be closed Friday and the police headquarters will remain closed until the hazard has been located and the building is safe, officials said.
The buildings were closed because the air quality tests did not meet the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The police records unit and city jail were part of the closure.
The Raytown Fire Protection District and the police departments of Kansas City and Lee’s Summit are providing temporary facilities to help Raytown police operate.