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Hazmat team investigates package sent to Templeton winery, about 12 employees evacuated

Authorities are investigating a package sent to a Templeton winery that began leaking an unknown liquid on Thursday, December 20, 2018.
Authorities are investigating a package sent to a Templeton winery that began leaking an unknown liquid on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Authorities investigated a package sent to a Templeton winery Thursday that reportedly began leaking an unknown liquid.

On Thursday morning, Wild Horse Winery received a package in the mail “that was unusual for them,” Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said.

When winery staff opened the package, it started leaking some type of liquid, so they called 911, Elms said.

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Hazmat Team arrived and spent the better part of the day investigating the package, Elms said.

“It could be benign, but it has been deemed a hazmat incident until they identify the liquid,” Elms said.

At about 11 a.m., Cal Fire tweeted that about a dozen winery employees have been evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

By 5 p.m., the agency tweeted that the incident was closed and all county fire resources had been released from the scene. Cal Fire did not disclose what the package contained.

Requests for additional information were not returned Thursday.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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