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Archive for Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Dead mouse leads to evacuations of Douglas County Courthouse

April 17, 2007

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The Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., was evacuated about noon today after an employee thought she smelled a "slight amount" of gas in the attic.

It turned out that the smell was actually coming from a dead mouse, County Administrator Craig Weinaug said.

"It's one of those things where the outcome was humorous but everybody did what they were supposed to do," Weinaug said.

An employee from the Register of Deeds office was in the attic looking for records when she detected the smell, Weinaug said. The fire department and sheriff's office was called and the decision was made to evacuate the building, he said.

"You laugh after it's over but when it happens you just go into an automatic mode and do what needs to be done," Weinaug said. "I don't know if the mouse has actually been moved to a safer resting place."

Comments

Jace 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Amazing! Unreal!

A tiny, little dead mouse somehow manages to evacuate an entire building!

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

okay, was that mouse a Schauner supporter?


"You laugh after it's over but when it happens you just go into an automatic mode and do what needs to be done," Weinaug said. "I don't know if the mouse has actually been moved to a safer resting place."

"safer resting place?" HA-HA-HA. would that be a mouse burial house? rodent mortuary?

finally, was that mouse from Topeka?

lunacydetector 7 years, 9 months ago

if the mouse died due to poison, it shouldn't have smelled bad for a very long period of time since mouse/rat poison causes severe dehydration then death.

i can't wait to see this article on jay leno.

lunacydetector 7 years, 9 months ago

i wonder if homeland security was notified? did the fire department don hazmat suits?

this reminds me of the time the police dispatcher got a prank phone call and traced it back to their own extension then sent the police to break into some old couple's house by mistake.

Ken Miller 7 years, 9 months ago

This would have never happened if Paula Phillips was still around.

The_Voice_of_Reason 7 years, 9 months ago

Hey lunacy.... if the mouse was from Topeka they better check it for weapons and make sure it wasn't recovering from a hang over received from Last Call the night before....

7 years, 9 months ago

I'm grateful that they did evacuate, there are times where agencies do not and then there are accidents that could have been less drastic.

Jace 7 years, 9 months ago

Really, jcstepmom28?

Can you name a few of those "incidents" you're referring to?

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

This would have never happened if Paula Phillips was still around.

???

RonBurgandy 7 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, it is a funny outcome, but if you were around the courthouse and saw it being evacuated, you would want to know what happened. Same with if you worked there and still had not heard what is going on.

Of course it turned out to be nothing, but don't knock it because it was posted. Knock it because it is funny.

Linda Aikins 7 years, 9 months ago

C1, that's my hubby's nickname! As far as I know, he was at work today!

Jace 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Okay, thanks for sharing that, RI!

I only wish I had known way back when (when I was a kid in grade school) that dead mice smell like natural gas!

I could of brought a whole bunch of dead mice to school with me and hid them under a flight of stairs!

Eventually somebody would have smelled what they thought was gas......and me and the other kids in the school could have gotten out of class!

Linda Endicott 7 years, 9 months ago

Lighten up, people...geez...

They thought it might be a gas leak, hence the evacuation.

If it HAD turned out to be a gas leak, you'd all be praising them for such quick action and saving lives.

As it is, you apparently have nothing better to do today than make fun of people.

Can't you be glad it turned out to be something not so dangerous? Or would you feel better if there had really been a gas leak, and a tremendous explosion?

People say all the time that they wish the newspapers and national news agencies would report more good news, instead of always the bad stuff. This is probably why they don't. They get ridiculed for it.

TheStig 7 years, 9 months ago

Which reminds me of a story that I heard from a couple members of the Defense Bar (not the most reliable group to be sure) about a large quantity of Cocaine that was booked into evidence only to come up missing prior to trial. The only explanation that was forthcoming was that it must have been eaten by mouse! Case dismissed.

countryman56 7 years, 9 months ago

Thats something when a dead mouse can clear a court house. But this Monday when the Federal building in Topeka had a bomb threat called in to go off at 2:30pm The employees of the Coast Guard were told to stay seated at their desk while the FBI and the bomb dogs did their work. After a 20 min. search of the six floors in the building with the dogs they were told they could stay working or leave with out pay. Sounds like the feds could use some evacuation lesson's.

7 years, 9 months ago

"Posted by Jace (anonymous) on April 17, 2007 at 4:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Really, jcstepmom28?

Can you name a few of those "incidents" you're referring to?"

I can name one for sure. I recall coming home that evening and seeing the story on the news. At the time I was working on the same floor, less than 30 feet from where the threat was made. No notice to us to be on the alert, no evac. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2001/mar...

And yes, I am sorry for the mouse, and glad in the end it was nothing. But so glad that proper procedure was followed for the workers' safety.

countryman56 7 years, 9 months ago

On 4/16/07 the call came in at around 12:00 and the bomb was to go off at 2:30pm They act like no big deal. They have had two other bomb threats since the Oklahoma bombing.

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