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HAZMAT had to ventilate State Capitol overnight

1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago December 08, 2015 Dec 8, 2015 Tuesday, December 08 2015 December 08, 2015 8:58 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGEFirefighters specializing in dealing with hazardous materials spent Monday night ventilating parts of the State Capitol after an apparent malfunction of a fire suppression system.

Initially, fire crews were dispatched to the capitol when alarms sounded that a Halon device was triggered. Halon is a liquified, compressed gas that stops fire by chemically blocking combustion. Halon is used in areas where water or foam could damage assets being protectedcomputer equipment or communication devices. Once Halon evaporates, no residue is left behind.

Halon has been banned from production since 1994 because it can deplete the ozone layer but its use is grandfathered. It was not immediately clear how old the system was that was activated at the capitol.

Fire crews said no fire was found, but the device sprayed Halon in a computer closet near the State Senate chambers on the west side of the building.

Crews will air the area out and eventually allow regular operations to resume.

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