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‘Highly contagious’ urine forces a movie theater to evacuate, Washington firefighters say

Moviegoers at a showing of “Frozen II” had a whole other adventure Friday when a misdelivered package forced the theater to evacuate, The Seattle Times reports.

The package, marked “highly contagious human substance,” contained urine samples meant for a Tacoma medical clinic about 40 miles away, KOMO reported. It’s not clear how it ended up outside the North Bend Theatre east of Seattle.

Someone found the package at 5:15 p.m. and opened it, discovering the dire warning and prompting a hazardous materials response by firefighters, who cleared the theater, according to The Seattle Times.

“Box has been isolated and one patient treated as a precaution,” Eastside Firefighters posted on Twitter. The person who opened the box was screened but no one was hurt in the incident.

Sgt. Paul Graham with the Snoqualmie Police Department said emergency crews properly disposed of the misdelivered urine samples, KOMO reported.

“All is well,” read a post to the North Bend Theatre site, thanking firefighters and noting it would reopen Saturday. “There was no danger.”

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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