DANVILLE – Firefighters responded to a situation involving hazardous materials near downtown Danville late Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 4:15 pm Thursday afternoon, firefighters with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District responded to a report that a construction crew working at the site of a vacant house had possibly struck a piece of “radioactive” equipment.
The piece of equipment was described as “industrial” in nature and the radioactive portion of the equipment was reportedly intact.
The department’s hazardous materials response team assembled and responded to the scene moments later. Firefighters also utilized a drone to assist them during the incident.
The Contra Costa County Department of Health also responded to help dispose of the piece of equipment.
Authorities evacuated a few nearby residences while firefighters mitigated the hazard. The hazard was removed at 6:30 pm.
<cont> Evacuation order is expected to be brief with residents returned to their homes by 6:30pm
— Town of Danville, CA (@DanvilleINFO) March 17, 2017