As if the stress of the recent Harry Potter leak wasn’t enough, the folks at Raincoast Books were trying on their golden underpants (little inside joke there) when they spotted something unusual in a pile of books:
A white powder scare at Raincoast Books shut down production at its Vancouver plant yesterday. The powder, found by employees in a pallet of books, caused two female employees to vomit. Vancouver Fire Department’s Hazardous Material Team was brought in to get samples and test the substance, which showed it to be a mild irritant.
So, more of a WMI, a Weapon of Mild Irritance.
And no, I was not reading that rag 24 Hours. I was searching Google News for ‘Vancouver fire’ to try to discover what this big smoke column was. I’m guessing it was around 15th and Main Street, maybe.
Of course, I should have asked the blogosphere. Kristina already has photos (and here), though Jaqen says it was a Skytrain car that caught on fire. With help from those photos, I was able to identify the location of the fire. I had exactly the right direction, but was way off on distance–Main and 16th is maybe a quarter of the distance between my apartment and the fire’s location.
UPDATE: Here’s a bunch of great photos that Robin Thom took.