DC’s IRS building evacuated in hazmat situation

The IRS building in downtown D.C. was evacuated due to a hazmat situation for much of Friday morning.

The D.C. Fire and EMS Department said that an IRS worker came across “storage batteries used for backup purposes” that had overheated and leaked in the IRS Building, on Constitution Avenue in Northwest, at about 9 a.m.

The fire department said that the batteries can let off acid and fumes when they leak, and the IRS evacuated the building in an “abundance of caution.” The fire department responded and shortly before noon, said the situation was mitigated, leaving no further hazard.

Just before noon, an IRS representative said workers were heading back into the building.

No injuries have been reported.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

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