Feds investigate suspicious package that sickened people at Kansas City IRS building

Sunday, 06 August 2017, 12:28:11 AM. A fire official says about 10 people were sickened by a suspicious package in the mailroom of a sprawling IRS building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Authorities say a suspicious package that sickened several people at an IRS building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, smelled like ammonia.

Local officials say about 10 people reported feeling sick after the package was delivered to the building Friday.

Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Lucy Martinez says seven people were treated at local hospitals. She says several people reported feeling ill with "watery eyes." Some people reported vomiting and nausea.

Martinez says the envelope involved smelled like ammonia, but no other details were released about the envelope's contents or where it may have originated.

The investigation has been taken over by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The Federal Protective Service, a division of Homeland Security, also is involved.

The building wasn't evacuated and business returned to normal about two hours after the incident began.

A hazardous materials team took possession of the package, Martinez said. Further details about its contents haven't been released.

About 10 people reported feeling ill, including vomiting and sweating, after the package arrived at the building, said Kansas City Fire Department spokesman James Garrett. Two of those people were taken to nearby St. Luke's Hospital, where they were in good condition, spokeswoman Laurel Gifford said.

Garrett said the Fire Department checked the package for gasses and fumes but didn't find anything.

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