Harrison County

Gulfport firefighters respond to false alarm regarding hazardous waste

The Gulfport Fire Department responded this morning to a false alarm regarding biohazardous waste.

Firefighters spent an hour at 2251 East Pass Road, in their biohazard suits, removing three bags labeled "biohazardous material" from a dumpster at Tobacco and Beer Discount store. Employees discovered the bags and called in the report.

Firefighters worked with state Department of Environmenal Quality to contain and remove the bags. Once out of the dumpster, they opened the bags only to discover they contained only garbage, Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said.

He said, "They're going to wrapping up much sooner than I thought."

Gulfport Police are trying to determine who dumped the bags in the store's dumpster.

Read more about this story in Saturday's Sun Herald.