Suspicious Powdery Substance Found in Letter in Janesville

By: Shannon Smith Email
By: Shannon Smith Email

JANESVILLE (WIFR) – Dozens of people were evacuated from a building in Janesville after employees opened an envelope with a suspicious powdery substance inside.

Police and Hazmat teams were called in just after 10:00 a.m. when an employee opened a letter and found what he described as a powdery substance at the Hewlett Packard mail office on Parker Drive. Of the five workers exposed to it, two of them felt sick and were taken to Mercy Hospital.

Students and staff from TAGOS Leadership Academy, which is also located in that building, were taken to a different school.

Deputy Chief John Olsen says with so many recent scares, a situation like this can’t be taken lightly.

“We're going to investigate it, in this case, i mean we take a look at the circumstances, there wasn't anything to indicate any credible threat, when we recovered the letter it was a normal, it was a normal letter for that business,” said Olsen..

The letter was sent from someone in Wisconsin. Investigators say no harmful substance was found, but they’re sending it to a Wisconsin crime lab for further testing.

JANESVILLE (WIFR) -- Janesville firefighters have been called to a hazardous materials incident at Hewlett Packard.

Fire officials say two people came in contact with a white powdery substance in an envelope and said they felt ill. They were decontaminated and taken to a local hospital.

A hazardous materials crew is assessing the substance. Students at the nearby TAGOS Academy nearby were bused to another building as a precaution.

You may recall, a white powdery substance was found in an envelope at the Eclipse Center in Beloit last month. Hazmat crews were there for about nine hours and it turned out to be nothing dangerous.

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