Downtown Globe evacuated after vials of unknown substance found in business

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Several buildings in downtown Globe had to be evacuated Wednesday after vials of a substance were discovered inside a business.

At the time, the Globe Fire Department said the substance was considered potentially volatile.

It was found in a storefront on the 100 North Block of Broad Street.

The immediate area was evacuated as a precautionary measure, and a DPS Hazmat team was called to assess and remove the material.

Globe police say the vials contained picric acid in crystallized form, which is highly combustible. Bottles of the substance were found in the Mason Building on Broad Street.

Additional bottles from the same source were also found at the Old Dominion Cutting Company. Officials say they were to be used as a decorative display.

The City of Globe said bottles of the substance were also displayed at the Gila County Historical Museum in an unrelated coincidence. 

The DPS HAZMAT team retrieved and safely disposed of a total of 10 bottles.

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