Kaylin Tran/ Courier Hazmat vehicles on the Pasadena City College campus near the Center for the Arts building on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
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An individual overdosed in the PCC library Monday evening, prompting an hours-long hazmat response from police and a building closure, according to campus officials.

The incident occurred in the Shatford Library bathroom on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 and has since been resolved. 

Campus police and the Pasadena fire department were on scene from approximately 4:00 p.m. to at least 8:30 p.m.

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Pasadena City College campus police near the Center for the Arts building on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

It is unclear if the person was a transient or not, given PCC’s weekly transient incident reports.

“The non-student subject was transported to the hospital by Pasadena Fire,” said Alex Boekelheide, assistant to the superintendent/president in an email to the Courier.

The individual’s current health status is unknown at this time.

Hazardous material vans sighted near the Center for the Arts building were seen on campus around 7:45 p.m., prompting many nearby students to vocalize concerns of a possible coronavirus case at PCC.

“The incident was not related to the global Coronavirus outbreak in any form,” Boekelheide continued. “Personnel responded to a drug overdose in the bathroom and there was concern that hazardous material could be present.”

The library was closed to the public following the medical emergency but was reopened the following school day.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Victoria Ivie

Victoria Ivie is the Editor-in-Chief at the Courier. She is majoring in photojournalism and hopes to work as a photojournalist in a major publication where she is able to travel for work. Her photography work can be found in the Courier as well as on instagram at vi.photos.

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Caitlin Hernandez

Caitlin Hernandez is the managing editor for the Courier, a student-run publication out of Pasadena City College. Currently, her focus is on increasing student engagement and multimedia implementation for the publication while preparing to transfer in the fall. Independently, she is an ardent protest documenter who frequently attends local rallies and official campaign stops to get "the shot." When Caitlin isn't reading the news, she can be found listening to a crime podcast with her child- who is definitely a dog- Leslie.

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