Video: Officials check out suspicious substance at federal courthouse
A Hazardous Material team responded to a report of a suspicious substance at the federal courthouse and post office on 12th Street in Columbus.
Battalion Chief Donnie Jones said officials with the U.S. Marshals Office were checking mail this morning when they noticed a powdery-white substance on a few of the envelopes in a mail bin with 20 to 30 pieces of mail. The Hazardous Material Response Team went to the office to make sure there was no residue of any dangerous chemicals on the envelopes.
Jones said eight different tests revealed no dangerous substances, though they may take it to a lab in Atlanta to be sure. The post office was reopened by 1:23 p.m.
A hazmat team and fire truck originally arrived at the scene around 12:30 p.m.. Twelfth Street at Second Avenue was closed to traffic between then and 1:23 p.m. when the scene was cleared.
— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.