2 crows + bag of flour = homeland security and hazmat callout

Edmonds, Washington — Traffic in Edmonds was detoured for more than an hour Tuesday while a hazardous materials team investigated a report of a suspicious powder discovered at the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Edmonds Street.

“It turns out the white powdery substance is, in fact, flour,” Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

A witness told firefighters that a couple of crows were to blame…The woman was going out for a jog when she noticed the black birds dragging around the bag of white flour.

“She took it away from them, put it in a garbage can and kept running,” Hynes said. “Two crows and a two-alarm hazmat incident.”

I’ll bet the first fireman on the scene knew what it was that was “threatening” the good citizens of Edmonds. Most fire dept personnel are decent cooks and bakers.

I’d also bet they were ravens – not crows. Longer attention span.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

8 thoughts on “2 crows + bag of flour = homeland security and hazmat callout

  1. Edgar Allan says:

    “Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it’s rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden – and they bring her gifts in return.” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026 “If you want to form a bond with a crow, be consistent in rewarding them,” advises John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington. He specialises in birds, particularly crows and ravens.

  2. Caldoche says:

    “New Caledonian crows are famous for crafting sticks into hooked tools. Here’s why they do it” (L.A. Times) http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-crows-hooked-tools-20180122-story.html [Includes video] Researchers have observed the birds as they select a forked stem from a particular local shrub. Then trim the side stems and carefully carve and peel the end until it forms a “neat little hook”. Reportedly New Caledonian crows are the only nonhuman species known to manufacture tools, which they often carry, store and re-use.
    Article includes link to “Hook innovation boosts foraging efficiency in tool-using crows” (Nature Evolution and Ecology)

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