FAIRFIELD — Four houses were evacuated Friday afternoon in the 2000 block of Barbour Drive after a mysterious container was found in a driveway.
The landlord called authorities about 3 p.m. after learning his tenant had not put the container in the driveway.
Members of the hazardous materials team donned safety suits to procure a sample from the container, which was tested, and determined to be a benign substance, said John Sturdee, a battalion chief with the Fairfield Fire Department.
An ambulance was on hand as a precaution for the hazmat team, Sturdee said.
“We wanted to make sure there was no harmful chemicals,” Sturdee said. “The safest thing to do is to treat it as if there are.”
Members of the Travis Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services and Fairfield, Vallejo and Vacaville fire departments responded.
Traffic was rerouted on a portion of Barbour Drive during the incident.
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