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Responders, family reveal details into FBI raid for suspected ricin

Source: Richard Hawkins Source: Richard Hawkins
ATHENS, TX (KLTV) -

The Athens Fire Department assisted in the weekend raid of an Athens home.

Fire Chief John McQueary explained their involvement.

"There was a situation that our HAZMAT team, they'd like us to be involved with to support federal agents."

McQueary describes the decontamination role his team played.

"Our role for the Athens Fire Department was to decon their agents when they got out... Deconning is outside the hot zone."

The hot zone of a product suspected to be ricin.

Homeowner Richard Fulton said in a statement that his teenage son had been attempting to make ricin out of castor beans, adding, "I don't condone what he did. It was wrong and foolish. I hope it's just the case of a curious kid doing a dumb thing."

McQueary said Athens Police were alerted to the home by co-workers of the teen male.

"Workers that knew the young man and there was talk that he was messing around with a product. They went on the boys' word of what he had been doing and whatever he told them, they pretty much found."

McQueary would not confirm that the product was ricin.

"We don't know what it is until we get a report back from the FBI."

Fulton left apologizing.

"I can't make decisions for my child, but I can say I'm very sorry for the concern and chaos he caused."

McQueary said no arrests had been made stemming from this investigation. Fulton declined on-camera comment, directing us to his attorney, Tyler's Buck Files. 

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