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UPDATE: Law Enforcement Disposes Of Hazardous Materials, Evacuates Residents Near Rice University

A discovery of hazardous chemicals leads to evacuations in a neighborhood near Rice University.

FBI ASAC Deron Ogletree and HPD Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite (behind) speak at a press conference in the 2200 block of Albans in Houston this morning
FBI ASAC Deron Ogletree and HPD Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite (behind) speak at a press conference in the 2200 block of Albans in Houston this morning

Hazardous materials were found in a neighborhood near Rice University at the 2200 block of Albans, Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said at a press conference on Monday.

A combined group of law enforcement organizations attempted to remove the materials in a safe manner.

The home that was raided is the residence of the family of Andrew Schneck, the man who has been arrested by allegedly attempting to blow up the statue of Confederate officer Dick Dowling last Saturday night, according to information provided by the Department of Justice.

The raid was part of an ongoing investigation, according to HPD. Houston Police Department, the FBI, Houston Fire Department, the ATF and other agencies were involved in the “large” operation, Satterwhite explained.

Satterwhite said that residents were compliant with evacuations during the removal.

HPD officer did not say exactly what chemicals were involved, but explained that there were “significant hazardous materials within the objective.”

Subject matter experts indicated that detonating the materials was the safest way that law enforcement could dispose of the chemicals, Satterwhite said. The area of yesterday’s operations was the only that the investigation was focused on.

An initial small detonation of the explosives found was performed around 4:45 p.m. and a few minutes after that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, HPD Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Fire Department Samuel Peña held a press conference.

Acevedo noted the “investigation will continue now with the federal authorities” and added that “the most important piece is this is an isolated incident.”

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