Man allegedly threatened with gun in Hyannis; Strange odor in Harwich evokes early morning Haz-Mat response

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Man allegedly threatened with gun
- Barnstable Police are on the hunt for a suspect who allegedly threatened a man with a gun on Main Street. Around noon, the victim told police a man had reportedly alluded to him that he had a gun and may have lifted his coat in an apparent motion to show it.

The victim ran into the School Administration building on South Street and asked someone there to call 911. About a half-dozen cruisers quickly responded but the suspect remains at large. 
Photo by Frank Paparo.

One injured in Truro crash
- One person was injured in a two vehicle crash on Route 6 in Truro late Monday morning. The crash happened about 11:20 a.m. near Prince Valley Road. The victim was taken to CCH with non-life threatening injuries. Truro Police are  investigating the crash.

Strange odor at Harwich storage facility evokes early morning Haz-Mat response
harwich020408a_599    Firefighters take part in an in-house hazardous materials training day at headquarters Monday.

harwich020408b_250HARWICH - The call came in at 5:30 a.m.  Monday for a strange odor at a storage facility at 139 Queen Anne Road.   When firefighters arrived they noticed a mysterious odor that caused  a strange metallic taste in their mouths.  Fire Captain John Clarke removed his men from the building and called for a hazardous material response team.

A Haz-Mat Tier 1 response team consisting of five firefighter technicians from Bourne entered the facility and determined that an open can of tar, a battery that was leaking acid, and some spilled gasoline on the floor created the mysterious smell.  All the garage doors were opened, the building was vented and the situation was brought under control.

In a coincidence, the Harwich Fire Department was having an in-house hazardous material training day at their headquarters.  The firefighters came to the scene where they were instructed by Hyannis firefighter Norman Sylvester in the uses of the materials on board the truck.  Sylvester is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Hazardous Materials Response team.

Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan.

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