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One dead after police determine cause of Cockeysville 'Hazmat' situation

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 22:48:37-05

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. — One person is dead following a Christmas Eve incident in Cockeysville that was first reported as a "serious" hazmat situation.

It happened just before 10 a.m, and was found to have originated from inside a car that was parked inside a garage behind the AECOM building on North Park Drive.

Baltimore County Police investigators later determined an individual inside the car committed suicide. The chemical used is still under investigation.

The Baltimore County Fire Department initially tweeted that the situation was coming from an apartment building. But upon arriving on scene it wasn't immediately clear, what type of hazmat situation they were dealing with;

“We do not know if it is a bomb, we do not know what type of chemical. We take all calls like this very seriously and we usually treat as if it is going to be the worst call,” said Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Tyson.

It was quickly determined that no threat or hazard existed to the surrounding community. Crews also confirmed the incident had no tie to the Aecom building, as it was closed for the holidays and did not require evacuation.