Dozens of Glasgow residents remain evacuated from homes over ‘hazardous substance’ as public told to stay away

Dozens of residents remain evacuated after the discovery of hazardous materials in a Glasgow flat.

Police, firefighters and bomb squads were dispatched to the east end of town just after 5 p.m. yesterday.

Dozens of residents were evacuated after the discovery


Dozens of residents were evacuated after the discoveryPhoto credit: Steve Welsh
Police officers, firefighters and the bomb squad crews were dispatched to the east end


Police officers, firefighters and the bomb squad crews were dispatched to the east endPhoto credit: Steve Welsh
The public is asked to avoid the area


The public is asked to avoid the areaPhoto credit: Steve Welsh

About 80 people living near Altyre Street in Shettleston were placed in emergency shelters after the discovery.

Cordons are in place and Altyre Street, Dalness Street, Ard Street and Trainard Avenue remain closed.

The public has been instructed to stay away as investigations continue into the nature of the materials.

Chief Superintendent Alan Waddell said: “Our investigation is at an early stage but I would like to reassure the local community that the full multi-agency response to this incident will continue overnight.”

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“I would like to thank those affected for their cooperation and let them know that everything is being done to allow the evacuees to return to their homes as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“This incident has caused disruption for many people and I would urge the public to avoid the area at this time.”

Pamela Rennie, 34, who lives on nearby Trainard Avenue, told The Scottish Sun: “My daughter was playing at the back around half past six when the police arrived.

“I could hear them from my window telling my neighbor downstairs that we were all being evacuated from the apartment.

“I got my son from his room and got my daughter from outside.

“Panic started to set in so we just ran away to get to safety – but so far we haven’t been told anything.”

“I asked if we’d come back to the flat tonight, but probably not.

“There’s also a bomb team here with a robot.”

Amanda McColvin, 32, also lives nearby and shared her concerns.

She said: “I’m very worried. However, I hope it’s not as serious as it looks.

“We were told nothing but to take shelter in the swimming pools.

“From what I’ve heard from the police, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting back to the flats tonight.

“As soon as we were told to leave, I just ran.”

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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