Hazardous materials teams came to the Washington State Patrol's Tacoma-area office and to a trooper's home Tuesday after the officer found a milky, pinkish-white liquid splashed on his marked patrol car.
The teams determined the liquid was not dangerous but didn’t learn much more.
“We ran it through our normal hazardous material battery, and it came back negative,” Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
More tests will need to be done to determine what the substance is.
“We don’t have a specific ID on it yet,” said Randy Stephens, assistant chief for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.
The trooper discovered the substance on his patrol car, which was parked outside his home in the 1200 block of South Ainsworth Avenue. Some of the substance also was in the street.
The trooper spotted the bottle he believed had contained the liquid, bagged it and took it to the State Patrol’s local headquarters on 112th Street, Gill said.
Firefighters went to the headquarters to evaluate the substance. Meanwhile, a Tacoma Fire hazmat crew was sent to the trooper’s home .
Ainsworth was blocked off between South 12th and South 13th while the hazmat team conducted its tests.