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A possible hazmat situation caused the evacuation of the Arizona Department of Economic Security building on Tucson's north side Thursday afternoon, an official said.

At about 2:40 p.m., Northwest Fire District crews responded to reports of an odor described as rotten eggs, which is consistent with a possible natural gas leak, according to Cpt. Brian Keeley, a district spokesman.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Firefighters conducted a full sweep of the building at 2255 W. Ina Road and found no evidence of a hazardous substance or threat inside, Keeley said.

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Units cleared the scene at about 4:15 p.m.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.