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Real Estate Broker Has Cyanide Scare Showing House in California

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 10:55 AM PDT

cyanide-bottleWhen a real estate agent shows a home, they really never know what they are going to run into. That was the case for an agent working in California’s Marin County over the weekend. She is very lucky that she and her clients were not injured after handling some deadly chemicals.

Here is the story:

Novato fire Capt. Alex Bowlds said the broker was showing a Novato home that was in a probate sale because its owner had died. The deceased homeowner was apparently an inventor who used chemicals, and the broker found the stash of cyanide, formaldehyde and other toxic compounds in liquid and powdered form, Bowlds said.
The broker removed the chemicals and brought them to her husband’s auto body shop in Bel Marin Keys, thinking the business could dispose of them. The shop realized it could not handle the chemicals and called police. Police looked at the chemicals and called the fire department at about 1:30 p.m.
The fire department summoned the county’s hazardous materials team in to removed the potential lethal assembly of chemicals, a process that took five hours. Emergency officials notified hospitals that the chemicals were being moved in case there was an accident. via the Mercury News

First, brokers and agents probably should not remove an item from a home, especially if it dangerous. Being a probate sale, they had more rights in this situation than a normal transaction, but removing cyanide and putting it into your car is not the recipe for a long and successful career.

Secondly, we all know that real estate brokers and agents run across the bizarre on a regular basis. The job of showing other peoples homes and understanding the special needs of buyers often presents, how shall we say it, "unique opportunities." But at the end of the day, safety and common sense have to be the main concern for all.

Fortunately, no one got hurt or poisoned out there in Navato this weekend and it is a humorous story to write about.

Now my question to the real estate agents out there; What is the craziest thing you have come across showing or listing a home? Let us know in the comments below.


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