|An envelope containing baking soda led to hazmat situation|
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Bristol Twp. police seek source of baking-soda letter
Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Bristol Township police are investigating who created a potentially hazardous incident Tuesday morning by mailing baking soda inside an envelope addressed to a bank and containing a blank credit card application.
Emergency responders and hazardous materials crews descended on Metasource, described as a mail processing center, in the 1900 block of Frost Road around 10 a.m. after two employees were exposed to what was then an unidentified white powder, Bristol Township Acting Police Chief Lt. John Godzieba said.
The FBI has been contacted to determine if any similar incidents involved white powder sent through the mail recently, Godzieba said.
Two employees who came into contact with the powder went through a decontamination process on the scene. No injures were reported, but Metasource workers were temporarily evacuated. Other businesses, including a kidney dialysis center, in the large building were not evacuated.
The baking soda was in a glass vial that was placed in a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope for Barclay Bank, Godzieba said. The envelope did not have a return address, but was postmarked in Texas, he added.
Employees at the business were loading mail into sorters when the envelope containing the vile got stuck in the equipment. When the employees tried to remove it, the envelope broke open, spilling the powder, Godzieba said.
The Courier Times was unsuccessful in immediately reaching Metasource officials for comment.
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