Hazmat crews scrambled to Tallahassee's main post office Tuesday morning, to investigate a batch of suspicious letters. The 9-1-1 call came in at 2:30 Tuesday morning to be exact.
A postal worker discovered a white powdery substance coming from one of 20 to 30 letters addressed to senators and congressmen around the country. Postal workers immediately secured the area and Hazmat teams began a routine decontamination process.
“They had printing on them. Some had strange addresses; none of them had return addresses. It was kind of a strange situation, and powder leaked out of just one of them. But they were all picked up at the same location at the same time, so that's why we treated them all as suspect,” says CAPT Stan Burcham.
No postal workers were contaminated during the incident. The bagged letters were given to the Leon County Health Department and sent on to a crime lab in Jacksonville for analysis. Results should be available in two to three days.