Suspicious Powder at Koger Center Actually Harmless Paper Debris

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According to the Tallahassee Fire Department:

At around 1:30 p.m., the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a report of powder on a letter found by employees at the Forrest building at the Koger Center located at 2728 Centerview Drive.

The Tallahassee Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team quickly evacuated approximately 250 employees from the building and isolated the five employees who came in contact with the letter.

In an abundance of caution, firefighters decontaminated the five employees and released them after clearing a medical evaluation. The envelope was tested on site for explosive, radiological and chemical material and determined to be safe.

The substance on the outside of the envelope was determined to be paper shavings underneath a piece of tape used to seal the envelope. The envelope contained a Medicaid form consistent with the type of mail processed at the facility.

The building was reopened at 4:15 p.m. and no injuries were reported. The Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Tallahassee Police Department, the Florida Department of Health, Leon County EMS and the Red Cross assisted at the scene.

By: Garin Flowers

This is the second day in a row that a suspicious letter has caused a scare in our area.

Employees at one business found a white powdery substance on a piece of mail this afternoon; however, it has turned out to not be a threat.

Around 4:15 p.m. fire officials tell us they finished testing the letter and determined it was a Medicaid form and the suspicious substance was actually paper shards.

Around 1:30 p.m., the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to the Center after reports of a powdery substance being found on an envelope.

More than 200 employees were evacuated, and the five that were near the letter were held for decontamination.

Just after 4 p.m. they told us fire officials agreed to clear the area and lots of employees flooded back into the building to finish their day.

According to Lt. Mike Bellamy, Tallahassee Fire Department:

The Tallahassee Fire Department has released that the suspicious envelope actually held a Medicaid form.

The powdery substance thought to be hazardous was actually paper shards; there was no threat and no hazardous substance.

The case is effectively closed, and the five people quarantined are decontaminated and medically cleared. They left at 3:50 p.m.

By: Eyewitness News
April 30, 2013

TFD confirms that five people quarantined after a suspicious white powder was found on an envelope. All five quarantined work for the Automated Health System.

Portions of the Forrest building at the Kroger center have been evacuated.

All people appear to be in good spirits. A Hazmat crew is heading to their building floor.

Not all employees in the building were evacuated but others are being protected, but according to TFD they are not in danger.

TFD also says the letter in question hasn't been opened. They do not know who the letter was addressed to.

By:Eyewitness News
April 30, 2013

Hazmat teams are responding to a 'suspicious powder substance' found at 2728 Centerview Drive.

The suspicious substance, found at the Koger Center in Tallahassee, is home to many private and state offices.

TFD confirms that they are on scene with other first responders at Koger Center 2728 Centerview Dr. They confirm that they are evaluating a report of suspicious powder on a letter.

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