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Gas Masks, Fireworks, Nails, Mace Among Items Found In Van Abandoned Near Seattle Riots

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During riots on Saturday near Capitol Hill in Seattle, rioters directed several explosions towards officers — one leaving a hole in the Seattle Police Department East Precinct. Police observed a van moving with the crowd and obtained a search warrant, later finding loads of weapons and dangerous objects.

According to a report by the Seattle police, a witness said they saw “what appeared to be improvised shields, gas masks, baseball bats and a large assortment of pyrotechnic explosives inside the van.” This call and the explosions led to the search which resulted in the findings.

Due to a strange parking position and the nearby explosions, the bomb squad had to clear the vehicle before it was impounded and searched.

Other items discovered included improvised spike strips, homemade shields, shin guards, helmets and other body armor, and other items.

The Saturday riots resulted in several trailers at a construction site being set ablaze. Numerous cars in the parking lot at 12th Avenue and Alder Street and several businesses were damaged. A local youth center was firebombed by the crowd, as well.

Anyone with information on the van or riot damage is asked to contact the Seattle Police Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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