3 floors of Bal Harbour condo evacuated during narcotics investigation

Three floors of a Bal Harbour high-rise condominium building were evacuated Monday afternoon after police saw suspected chemicals in a unit where a tenant had recently been evicted.

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. – Three floors of a Bal Harbour high-rise condominium building were evacuated Monday afternoon after police saw suspected chemicals in a unit where a tenant had recently been evicted.

The 14th, 15th and 16th floors of the Majestic Towers Condo at 9601 Collins Avenue were evacuated, residents said, noting that they had received calls telling them to leave their homes.

Bal Harbour police confirmed that a tenant on the 15th floor was evicted last week. On Monday, the property manager went into the unit and called police after seeing something suspicious.

Bal Harbour police say they saw chemicals in a suspected lab of some sort and called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Miami-Dade police’s bomb squad and narcotics detectives are assisting in the investigation.

Miami-Dade police referred to it as a “narcotics scene” in a news release.

Authorities say there is a hazardous materials concern at the Majestic Towers Condo on Collins Avenue, which may involve chemicals.

No injuries have been reported.

A heavy presence of police and fire rescue workers remained at the building Monday evening.

Police said 28 fire units responded to the initial call of a hazmat situation. In addition to police units, a Miami-Dade bomb squad also responded, as did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.